MARKET TRADER, DECEMBER 21, 2018 - JANUARY 3, 2019 Some festive facts for Christmas dinner

Your Yuletide repast is well under way – but the initial excitement is beginning to falter. Now is the time to

impress your friends and family with your remarkable store of festive facts . . .

It is my hope that the majority of the following ‘facts’ are true. However, being based largely on internet research, it’s entirely possible that one or two of them are ever so slightly inaccurate. That said, I’m hoping this feature will entertain you as much as it informs you, so let’s not worry too much if the truth gets bent a little here

and there. What the heck, it’s Christmas!  It is technically illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day in England. In the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell ban n e d Ch r i s tma s pudding, mince pies and anything to do with gluttony, and the law has never been rescinded.

 Why red, gold and green?

Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.

 Mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig”, so named because the plant is spread though bird droppings.

 Holly and ivy have been used to decorate homes since the 9th century because they symbolise everlasting life. The holly represents Christ’s crown of thorns and the berries his blood.

 The word “carol” actually means dance or song of praise and joy. They used to be sung during all four seasons, but the tradition of only singing them at Christmas is the only one to survive.

The chances of a white Christmas are just one in ten for England and Wales

 The origins of there being Three Wise Men are not clear. There’s apparently no mention of it in the

It is technically illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day in England (Photo: Edd Sowden)

bible, and in the Gospel of Matthew it refers just to “wise men”.

 The chances of a white Christmas are just one in ten for England and Wales, and one in six for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 The average number of Christmas presents a UK child receives is 16.

 According to a survey conducted in 2016, 57 percent of adults in the UK would gladly sacrifice

seeing relatives on Christmas Day if it meant they could spend more time on Facebook.

 According to High Street retailer Matalan, 82 percent of people surveyed own a Christmas jumper, with 25-34 year olds the most likely to buy one. Over 75 percent of people buy their festive jumper to wear for a work event, whilst over half wear one on Christmas Day.

 The number of British people who travel abroad for Christmas is estimated to be around 4.25 million.

 Rudolph the red nosed reindeer’s first appearance was in a story written in 1939 by ad copywriter Robert L May, which was published in a Montgomery Ward department store promotional booklet given out to children visiting Santa. Since Rudolph was created for Montgomery

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01709 365021 SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922 APRIL 28 - MAY 11, 2017 Trader’s fears for a Devon market

A stallholder at Plymouth City Market has told local media that he is increasingly concerned about the number of businesses moving out, despite an ongoing multi- million pound revamp of the 1950s building. With more than a dozen businesses having left in the last year, the worried trader, who wished to remain anonymous, blamed discontent among stallholders at the market on a “lack of leadership” on the shop floor. But market bosses in the

city have given assurances that they are doing everything possible to keep stallholders happy as the £3.5m refurbishment reaches the halfway point. “The current occupancy

rate is quite low,” the trader said, “lower than it was at the height of the recession. There are 27 empty, around a sixth of them. Also the perimeter shops are emptying quickly. “The main issue is the

lack of leadership on the shop floor, so to speak. The management team are uncommunicative; we see them once a week, on rent day, and we have had zero communication regarding the refurbishment works. “All of the traders are


SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922 JUNE 9 - 22, 2017 No. 4902 70p City promotes its markets

Market traders are known for providing friendly service and a shopping experience that is very different from the High Street, and a city in West Yorkshire has recently launched a campaign to promote the fact. Bradford is blessed with a number of markets including the Oastler Shopping Centre, Kirkgate Market and Keighley Market Hall, as well as outdoor markets in Shipley and Saltaire and a successful wholesale market. Now a new campaign – the

first of its kind within Bradford Council’s markets service – has been launched to inform people of the many benefits of market shopping. The Council has teamed

up with the University of Bradford’s Digital Media Working Academy to launch a campaign which is aimed at raising the profile of the district’s markets, using digital and social media to highlight the advantages and benefits they bring. Having taken inspiration

from the World War Two ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign, market traders have been actively involved in the bid to encourage more people to support the local, friendly and knowledgeable service they offer. The campaign, which is

due to run for a year, was launched on the same day as the national Love Your Local Market fortnight in May. Khansa Tufail, Bradford Council’s markets, promotions and projects officer, told local media: “It is David and Goliath; we want to attract people to

these small businesses, many who have been in Bradford for many years and have such a lot of expertise. “The markets have so

much to offer and are part of Bradford’s heritage.” Making the most of social

media, the campaign uses video footage from the market showing traders talk about their own journey in becoming a market trader, the advantages of shopping at the market and the future of markets in Bradford. Other social platforms will

also be used to link back to a main Facebook page. Traders are backing the

initiative, hoping that it will increase awareness of the markets and result in an increase in footfall and trade. Butcher John Smith, who

has a business in the Oastler Centre, told local media: “This is still a thriving market but we have struggled, especially since Morrison’s closed. We cannot manage without the public. “I myself have been here for

55 years. I hope the campaign will help bring more people to the market. As soon as you walk into the market, you save money.” The Second World War

poster theme is being used as a template, with images of real traders in the Oastler Centre superimposed on top to deliver key messages such as: ‘Your Markets Need You’, ‘We Can Do It’, ‘Deserve Local Food’ and ‘Shop for Victory.’ The second phase of

the promotion will focus on Instagram, using local photographers, while phase

Bradford’s Oastler Shopping Centre.

three, due to take place in autumn, will see the launch of Market TV on Youtube.

Reaching out

“The markets are reaching out to the public for support,” explained Khansa Tufail, “highlighting the importance of shopping locally for the welfare of their community, their local economy, employment and entrepreneurship. “Facebook has shifted from teenagers to parents and more mature adults, and we want to alert them.” The campaign is focusing

on what market shopping really stands for: local, friendly service, spending money that will benefit the local economy, and a departure

from “barcodes, packaging and faceless shopping experiences”. Chris Holmes, of Stickey’s

Honey, said: “I don’t want to take my products to London necessarily, it’s important for me. I’m a beekeeper in Yorkshire and I’m quite happy to sell all my honey in Yorkshire. There are five million customers within 40 miles of here.” Head of the Digital Media Working Academy, Simon Couth, told local media: “The Working Academy provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates and recent graduates to gain experience of working on a properly commissioned digital project. “We love what the Bradford

Borough Market attack

At around 10pm on Saturday June 3 a terrorist attack took place on London Bridge and at nearby Borough Market. A van drove into pedestrians

on the bridge before three men got out and began attacking people at random with knives.

ISSN 2057–6781 The three men, wearing

what transpired to be fake suicide vests, then ran down to Borough Market, entering the many pubs and restaurants in the area to stab as many people as possible. Seven people died and

almost 50 were injured as a result of the horrific attack. This area of Southwark is named for Borough Market itself, a wholesale and retail food market and one of the largest and oldest food

markets in London. Speaking soon after the

attack, Chair of Borough Market trustees, Donald Hyslop, said in a statement: “We are deeply shocked by the events that took place around Borough Market last night. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this senseless act. “Borough Market is in the

heart of a strong, diverse and creative community, a community that supports each

other and will pull together to show solidarity in the face of this callous attack. “We would like to thank the

emergency services for their bravery and quick response. We continue to work with the Metropolitan police with their investigations and the Market and surrounding area remains closed at this time.” At the time of going to

press we had been unable to confirm when the market would reopen.

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Markets team is trying to achieve in promoting the traders and what they offer. “They want to attract new shoppers and we hope that this campaign will help them to reach some different audiences. Our students involved in the filming have become regular shoppers.”

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Vote of confidence

Market traders in a North York- shire town have expressed their gratitude to residents and customers for their support. The message comes after

a strong vote of confidence from locals and visitors alike

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to keep Pickering’s Monday market in Market Place, rejecting a proposal to move it to the town’s Ropery car park. Stallholder Joanne Dawson

told local media: “I just want to publicly thank all the customers and shop holders – they’ve given us a lot of support.” Overall 81 percent of

those who responded to the consultation were in favour of

keeping the market in Market Place, including 100 percent of traders asked. The market recently moved

back to Market Place after a brief stint in the Ropery during roadworks. Although Ms Dawson admitted she hasn’t had any confirmation that the matter is settled, she said: “At the moment it’s looking like it’s in our favour.”

aware of the fact that it is vital to present ourselves professionally and that customers will only come if we have goods worth buying – we are running businesses. “The market management

team do not feel that their role is to help develop footfall to the West End and the market.

As far as they are concerned they are administrative management only. That doesn’t work.” The trader compared Plymouth’s market to the successful Bury Market in Greater Manchester , describing the management team at Bury as “proactive” and accusing Plymouth bosses of failing to entice customers.


Although occupancy levels at the market are currently 83 percent compared to 92 percent at this time last year, a spokesperson on behalf of the market and the council said this was due to a number of personal trader issues, including retirements. They added that five stalls

and three shops have been let to new traders since building work on the facility commenced. The spokesperson told

local media: “This is a £3.2 million refurbishment project which will secure the future of the market as an anchor shopping destination for the city for many years to come, and work on this scale was always going to take time and cause some disruption. “We expected that the

works may have some impact on footfall and the situation has not been helped by current development works in Market Way, which has resulted in the road being closed.” In response to the trader’s

claim that stallholders have not been kept informed, the spokesperson said everyone was initially briefed in 2016

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Plymouth City Market, where a £3.5m refurbishment is taking place (Photo: Murray Stanley)

when the market announced the contract had been awarded to Ryearch. “We notified that this would be a 12 month project and there would be some disruption,” the spokesperson continued. “We have made every

effort to keep disturbance to a minimum at all times, regularly liaising with Ryearch and agreed to avoid building works through December – the market’s busiest time – and carry out the majority of the work out of hours. “The market management

has made huge efforts to keep traders up to date, with monthly newsletters about

the project’s progress.” The spokesperson also pointed out that extra efforts had been made to ensure shoppers were aware that the market was still open while the work was taking place: “To try to keep visitors coming through the doors we have had numerous articles in the local media, not just about the works but new trader profiles. This has been reiterated on social media. “The scaffolding has

been dressed with banners and signs, internally and externally, to promote the fact the market is open as usual.” “The market management

meet with the chairman of the traders association on a regular basis and is not aware of any concerns that have not been addressed by either PCC or Ryearch.” The current renovation

work has been funded by Plymouth City Council in an attempt to make the most of a locally iconic example of Plymouth’s post war architecture. The council has already

invested £80,000 in upgrading dated toilet facilities at the market. City planning chiefs gave

the ambitious market project the go ahead in April last year after a consultation process with market users. The huge revamp will

cost £3.5million altogether and will see the art deco building entirely redecorated, a special waterproof coating applied to the roof and flat parts of the roof structure fitted with solar panelling.

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