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Shoppers Flock to Town's First Continental Market

Simon Hore (left), with Guy Nijhuis, of Geraud Markets
Simon Hore (left), with Guy Nijhuis, of Geraud Markets.
Published Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Shoppers flocked to Clitheroe for some of the finest foods and artisan products in Europe at the town’s first continental market.

From Greek baklava and German bratwurst to French charcuterie and Belgian chocolate, shoppers from across the county converged on Clitheroe to sample the culinary delights of the three-day event.

The market, organised by Geraud Markets in association with Ribble Valley Borough Council, features over 30 specialist stalls and will occupy the Clitheroe Market Car Park until Saturday.

As well as fine foods, it features artisan items, such as jewellery, woodwork and alpaca knitwear.

Ribble Valley Borough Council deputy leader Simon Hore said: “Clitheroe is famed for its independent retailers, while the Ribble Valley Food Trail and Clitheroe Food Festival attract thousands of shoppers to the borough each year.

“We are delighted to be hosting Clitheroe’s first continental market and invite Lancashire shoppers to join us this weekend for another fabulous retail experience.”

Geraud Markets manages 55 continental markets across the country, as well as the famous Covent Garden Sunday Market.

Clitheroe has hosted a regular market since the Norman Conquest in the 12th Century and now has over 80 stalls, including a number of specialist food traders, including Ferguson’s Deli, which is featured on the Ribble Valley Food Trail, and legendary fruit and veg stall Burney’s.

It is hoped the Clitheroe Continental Market will become an annual event.

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