SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922 JULY 21 - AUGUST 3, 2017 Revamp for city square

Stunning “mirror pools” which reflect the grandeur of a Yorkshire Minster have been officially unveiled, completing a £2m project to transform a historic square. The bells of Hull Minster

played Handel’s Water Music to celebrate the switch on of the pools in the city’s Trinity Square, following a £25m upgrade. When work initially began

on the square back in December 2015 one of the first tasks was the exhumation of hundreds of skeletons. The churchyard wall round

the front of the minster has now been removed and the square has been repaved, while the statue of the poet Andrew Marvell has moved by a few yards. The finishing touch, and

one of the most difficult parts of the job, has been the mirror pools, which are thought to be the first of their kind. When they are switched on

the 2mm deep pools of water provide a perfect reflection of the Minster’s gothic façade, but when the water is turned off the pools are invisible. The surface of the water

can also be “pulsed”, creating geometric shapes which recall shapes and designs in the architecture of the church. Work on the project was delayed when the massive paving stones that form the

base of the pools had to be taken up after the jets became blocked by grease, which had been poured into them after a food festival. Grinding down – by

hand – the naturally rippling stone to make sure it was “billiard table” smooth was also a painstaking and time- consuming undertaking. Designer Mel Chantrey,

artist in residence for Fountain Workshop Ltd, also designed the dancing fountains in Hull’s Queen Victoria Square, which have already proved a hit with visitors and shoppers. Mr Chantrey told local

media: “The thrilling bit about this is that unlike Queen Victoria Square, where it’s all nozzles, jets and grilles, here it is just stone and water. “We are generat ing

pat terns over and over again, rhythmical repetitions, allowing people to introspect and to dream. To engage people in that dynamic is a real privilege.” The completion of the mirror

pools brings to an end the first phase of work on Holy Trinity, which was recently renamed Hull Minster. It comes after the reopening

of the adjacent indoor market as part of a £3m upgrade. The Vicar of Hull Minster, the

Rev Canon Dr Neal Barnes, told local media: “The footfall into the church since of the

Holy Trinity, recently renamed Hull Minster, at the heart of changes to Hull’s Trinity Square (Photo: Quite Adept)

beginning of the year is three times over, and on certain days it’s astronomically different. “We are definitely turning a

corner, getting more people in using the shop and cafe. And because there’s more happening round the square, the work on the indoor market, the different eateries, Trinity House opening up, it is becoming more and more of a destination.

“All these things are

contributing to the Old Town becoming part of the throbbing heart of the city.” Coun Martin Mancey,

Po r t f o l i o Ho l d e r f o r Regeneration, added: “With Hull Minster’s work progressing incredibly well, Trinity Market’s hall re-opening on North Churchside and the recent designation of the Old Town as a Heritage Action Zone with Historic England,

Fake perfume risk

Experts have warned that counterfeit perfume seized in a Cambridgeshire city could pose a risk to unsuspecting consumers.

Peterborough Council’s

trading standards team seized over 400 perfumes from the city’s Wellington Street car boot sale as part of a recent joint operation with brand representatives. Officers are now warning

the public to be especially careful if buying perfume

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through social media and online auction websites, as well as at car boot sales and markets. The fake perfume seized included counterfeit versions of Chanel, Kenzo, Hugo Boss and Dior, which are being made to look like 30 to 40ml demonstrators or testers. This allows traders to provide justification as to to why the goods are being sold at car boot sales. Officers will now be taking

enforcement action against the traders involved and all perfume will be destroyed. Previously t est ed

counterfeit aftershaves and perfumes have been found

to contain excessive amounts of methanol amongst other ingredients. High levels of methanol

can cause allergic reactions in the form of rashes etc, and those with sensitive skin or dermatitis are particularly vulnerable. High levels of methanol also makes the perfume much more flammable. A representative of Surelock International, UK representative for many designer brands, said: “Once again we are very pleased to have worked with Peterborough Trading Standards, and this is a great result.

“Counterfeit perfumes

are unregulated, and recent testing has shown the contents can pose a safety risk to unsuspecting consumers.” Rob Edmunds from Peterborough Trading Standards said: “Selling these fake perfumes as testers is a new tactic by counterfeiters and we urge residents to avoid buying them if they see these items online or at car boot sales and markets. “Not only is it against the

law, selling counterfeit goods undercuts genuine traders and these perfumes pose a health and safety risk to the public.”

it’s clear to see that this area is treasured and will continue to draw people in for years to come.” The mirror pools are

switched on each day until 11pm.

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Oldham traders moved from historic arcade

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Organic awards ceremony held at Borough Market

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New “pop-up” stalls for Ashton-in- Makerfield



Enjoy a wonderful shopping experience in its beautiful Victorian Covered Market, Arcade Shops and T.K. Maxx & Wilko Stores.

Opening Times: The Market Hall

Monday to Saturday, 8am to 5pm. Stall opening times vary. Wilko

Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm. Sunday, 10.30am to 4.30pm. T.K. Maxx

Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm. Sunday, 11am to 5pm. (Times subject to change).


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