Love Your Local Market Campaign Comes To North Yorkshire & East Riding
7:56am 15th May 2013
People in North Yorkshire and the East Riding are being encouraged to support their local markets as part of the Love Your Local Market Campaign, which starts today and runs until the 29th May.
In North Yorkshire local photographers are being urged to get snapping as part of their Love Your Local Market festival.
Amateurs and professionals can submit their prints into a photography competition – which is just one of the strands of the Northallerton and Thirsk ‘Love Your Local Market’ fortnight.
Organisers are looking for prints of the towns to show just what they have on offer for both visitors and local residents.
The ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaign - from May 15 to 29 – includes a range of activities to encourage people to visit and experience the market and explore the town. There is also the opportunity for new traders to take up a free pitch during the campaign.
Working closely with local traders and independent shops, competitions and trails are being organised. Hambleton District Council is working closely with local traders and independent businesses to set up competitions and trails during the fortnight.
The Northallerton photography competition is being run in conjunction with Grovers Foto Shop (www.grovers.biz), where owner Marcus Grover is offering a prize of 1000 free prints to the winning photographer. “The competition is a great chance for local photographers to show their skills and our great town gets the attention it deserves too,” he said.
Thirsk’s competition is sponsored by J.D. Photography Ltd. (www.jdphotographyltd.co.uk ) where 1000 free prints are on offer for the lucky winner. Owner John Dennis said: “We’ve got a lot of local photographic talent, I hope people take this chance to showcase it and help promote our town.”
The winners will be chosen by a panel made up of the sponsors, traders and a local Councillor. More details of the event and how to enter can be found at www.hambleton.gov.uk/index.php/photocomp - Photographs must be submitted by May 29
The event will see prize trails – including on for children where they have to find clues hidden around the market and in the local shops. The smartphone trail - where the clues are in the form of QR codes – will be backed by market traders and local stores which have offered a range of prizes.
The East Riding is home to several fine markets, including two in Beverley, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, in Bridlington, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, in Cottingham and Driffield, on Thursdays, in Goole, Wednesdays through to Saturdays, and in Pocklington, on Tuesdays, and has a long and proud tradition of market trading spanning back centuries.
Goole Market is situated in a thriving inland port community at the Victorian Market Hall. The hall has served Goole since 1896 and the market is operated by the town council.
The venue hosts 41 stalls selling various goods, from household items to jewellery, handbags and cosmetics, and locally-produced meats, vegetables and fruit to cards, books and clothing.
The market takes place Wednesdays through to Saturdays, from 9am-4pm, and is easily accessible and signposted from the bus and train stations, with ample car parking available at Estcourt Street and Wesley Square.
Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities, said: “The economy of the East Riding is diverse and our local markets play an important role within it.
“Our area has a rich history when it comes to market trading and is proud to be supporting the national Love Your Local Market campaign, which provides an opportunity for us to support and celebrate our local markets in the East Riding.
“Markets offer a social hub for people to purchase goods and services while also enjoying a cup of coffee and a conversation with friends.
“I would urge all our residents and of course visitors to the area to go down to their local market and see what is on offer.”
John Dyson, a local market trader and vice-chair of the National Market Traders Federation, said: “Markets play an important role in communities and Love Your Local Market will help raise our profile and remind people that we are still here.”
If anyone has an idea for a business that they would like to explore further they can contact any of the East Riding business centres for free business advice and make an appointment to see a business advisor.
For further information about local markets, including monthly farmers’ and local producers’ markets, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding
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