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Continental Market Returns to Clitheroe

Radek Bajkowski, of the Polish Barbecue
Radek Bajkowski, of the Polish Barbecue
Published Monday, 08 September 2014

Some of the finest artisan products in Europe will be up for grabs in Clitheroe later this month, when the town hosts its second continental market.

Geraud Markets, the UK’s leading operator of specialist markets, will occupy the Clitheroe Market Car Park from 26 to 28 September.

Geraud Markets manages 55 continental markets across the country, as well as the famous Covent Garden Sunday Market, and over 40 stallholders from across Europe have already lined up to take part in the three-day bonanza.

The market, organised by Ribble Valley Borough Council, will feature fine foods, including French creperie, German sausages and a Polish barbecue, as well as top-quality artisan items, such as Balkan amber and silver jewellery, and Italian scarves.

Clitheroe Market is also expected to open for the duration of the event.

Ribble Valley Borough Council deputy leader Simon Hore, who is chairman of the borough’s economic development working group, said: “Clitheroe is famed for its independent retailers, while the Ribble Valley Food Trail and Clitheroe Food Festival attract thousands of food enthusiasts to the borough every year.

“We launched this year's summer season with the town’s first continental market, which was a great success, attracting thousands of enthusiastic shoppers to the town, and are we are inviting residents from across Lancashire to join us for what promises to be an even bigger and better event, with some exciting products up for grabs.”

Clitheroe has hosted a regular market since the Norman Conquest in the 12th Century.

Over 80 stalls now sell fruit and vegetables, bread and cakes, fish and meat, clothing and lingerie, pottery and craft items, curtains and fabrics, rugs and household textiles, flowers and electrical goods.

It is also home to 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.

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