COUNTY ANTRIM; COUNTY DOWN: Christmas stall robbery

A “substantial amount of money” was stolen in a robbery at Belfast’s Christmas Market near the end of last month. A waist bag and was forcibly taken from staff at the OutsideIn Christmas

cabin, the aim of which is to raise money to help the homeless. OutsideIn founder David Johnston said the response from the public since

the robbery had been incredible. “We have smashed every record that was ever set at OutsideIn with over

1,500 products donated this weekend,” he said in a statement on social media. “That’s 1,500 people more who will be told how incredible they are, that they can dream again. That there is hope.” Merry Christmas Belfast.


Two traders share the honours

(Photo: Oxfordian Kissuth)

Two-long standing stallholders have been named Islington’s Market Traders of the Year after the judges couldn’t split them, winning £150 off their rent. David Brastock, who’s been selling cards at Chapel Market

for 50 years and current champion Serpil Erce, who runs a stall in Whitecross Street, were presented with prizes by Su Pollard and the mayor, Cllr Dave Poyser. Mr Brastock’s daughter Jo Coote told local media: “It’s fantastic to have won

on our 50th year. It is thanks to our wonderful customers and we are so proud to have been nominated by them.” Serpil, who also won the title in 2009, said: “I am overwhelmed and delighted to

have won this for the second year in a row. We have lovely and loyal customers, who know that we will be out in Whitecross Street come rain or shine.”

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Royal couple visit historic market

On November 28 The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall spent one of their royal visits in the Cathedral City of Ely. Their first stop was to sample the delights of the winter

market there, which was filled with artisan food stalls. The Duchess was seen purchasing some homemade

brownies, and the pair tasted samples of apple juice whilst chatting to a number of stallholders and visitors. The couple also sampled the wares of a local gin stall, and

The Prince of Wales stated that the cherry and sloe gin that he tried was irresistible. Stallholder Nancy Declair gave him a full bottle to take home with him.

MERSEYSIDE: Talks underway on market’s future

St Helens Council has embarked on talks with traders in a bid to decide the future of the market based in the town’s St Mary’s shopping arcade. The indoor market is currently open from

Monday to Friday, but the area around Church Square is viewed by the council as a key focal point for the regeneration of the town centre. In charge of housing and economic opportunity,

Cllr Andy Bowden told local media: “We’ve clearly set out very ambitious plans for St Helens town centre, and that will involve change. “What we have to make sure is when we’re

retail market.” (Photo: Rept0n1x)

talking to all those people who are going to be affected by that change, we take them with us. “What we have to create is a town centre that works for a totally transformed and changed

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