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Fine Fare and Free Pitches Up For Grabs at Clitheroe Market

Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate launches a series of special markets featuring fine food and first-class crafts at Clitheroe Market. Published Thursday, 13 April 2017

If you love markets, Clitheroe is the place to be this spring and summer.

Lancashire’s official food town will be hosting a series of special markets featuring fine fare, first-class crafts and a bargain or two.

And budding young traders are invited to get in on the act by snapping up free pitches during Love Your Local Market Fortnight from 17 to 31 May.

Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate officially launched the series of special markets featuring farmers’ markets, flea markets, artisan markets and themed markets today (Thursday 13 April).

Farmers’ markets featuring the best local produce will be held monthly on the second Thursday of each month, while artisan markets featuring a range of handcrafted produce and fancy goods will take place on the first Saturday of each month from May. A series of themed markets will be held on dates throughout the spring and summer, while flea markets will be held every Friday, with stalls up for grabs for just £5.60.

The move comes after Clitheroe hosted a successful Christmas market, Northern Star, organised and funded by Ribble Valley Borough Council, on four Saturdays in December that attracted hundreds of festive shoppers.

Heather Coar, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of environmental services, said: “Following the success of Northern Star, we are aiming to boost footfall to the market even further by hosting a series of special markets.

“Recent studies show that markets contribute to social interaction and community regeneration, but over the past decade they have been experiencing significant decline across the UK.

“Northern Star was a huge success and we want to build on that by hosting a series of special markets catering for all tastes and needs, with the capacity to attract a broad range of shoppers and visitors.”

Farmers’ markets allow farmers to sell their products direct to the public and are popular among food enthusiasts, who favour buying local produce and meeting suppliers face-to-face, while flea markets have long been a magnet to bargain hunters and thrifty residents looking to grab a bargain or raise cash from unwanted items.

Up to 30 stalls will be available at the Friday flea markets for the sale of second-hand goods, bric-a-brac or collectibles for just £5.60 a day on a pre-booked basis.

The themed markets are 29 April – beer and sausages, 20 May – cheese, 17 June – young entrepreneurs, 15 July – pet goods, 16 September – pies and pastry.

And from May 17 to 31 Clitheroe Market will be offering free pitches to young traders aged 18 to 25 as part of Love Your Local Market Fortnight organised by the National Association of British Market Authorities that aims to raise the profile of markets across the UK, encourage start-up businesses and increase young people’s involvement in markets.

Over 20 pitches will be available to young people from throughout the UK to try their hand at being a trader on market days Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and Saturday 27 May, in particular.

Further details and bookings are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111 or www.ribblevalley.gov.uk/market

 

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