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SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922 www.market-trader.co.uk JANUARY 18 - 31, 2019


Christmas footfall at Bolton Market highest for 25 years


Traders at Bolton Market in Greater Manchester celebrated a bumper Christmas in 2018, with the number of visitors on Saturday December 22 the highest for a quarter of a century. A steady stream of shoppers also visited the market on Sunday December 23 and Christmas Eve to snap up festive food and last minute treats. The popular award-


winning market on the town’s Ashburner Street is known for its range of fresh, quality produce. By the time families were


settling down to their dinner on Christmas Day, it was


estimated stallholders would have sold up to 8,000 turkeys and 4,000 mince pies. The market is home to nine


stalls selling turkeys, eight greengrocers, two cheese stalls, a florist, and a card shop.


Bolton Council’s Executive


Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Nick Peel, said: “The market is always busy over Christmas and this year has been no exception. “It’s fantastic to hear traders reporting the best footfall for 25 years, with some traders’ takings exceeding all their expectations. “The market welcomed thousands of shoppers


over the weekend and on Christmas Eve. “The choice and quality of


the foods is unbeatable and everything you need from sprouts to turkeys is available at Bolton Market – all under one roof.” Market Manager Peter Entwistle added: “It was great to see so many shoppers supporting our traders in the run-up to Christmas and I would like to thank each and every one of them on behalf of our traders for that support. “Our traders cannot be beaten on quality, service or variety. I hope everyone continues to shop local and support the traders in 2019.”


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Fish traders at Bolton Market Some of the attractive produce on offer at Bolton New entrance for market


If all goes to plan, it is hoped that a Lancashire city’s new market hall might feel a little warmer this winter. A new entrance at Preston


market hall, which aims to block the cold draft that often blows through the glazed building, is due to be completed this month after work was temporarily halted for the busy Christmas period


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Chair of Preston Market Traders Association, Sam Livesey, told local media: “The porch is hopefully the start of a number of measures ourselves and the council are working on together to make the new market more inviting for everyone. “Early thoughts are that the


porch has reduced rushing winds coming into the market hall.


“We will have to see when


the weather is a bit more extreme how it fairs.” A meeting took place betwe e n t h e t r ader s


association and council representatives, and Mr Livesey expressed his hope that the council would take the traders’ views “on board”. “I hope they can understand


our points of view and listen to our requests and advice,” he said. “Its early days still for the market, and for us to flourish we need people to know that although not perfect yet the market has a great offering for the people of Preston and further afield.” Cabinet member for envi- ronment councillor Brian Rollo


added: “It’s early days but initial feedback indicates the porch, which is not yet fully complete, is already doing the job it was designed for – creat- ing a much needed windbreak and decreasing air movement through the Market Hall. “It will be monitored over the coming weeks and months to determine the extent of its success.” The market opened in Feb-


ruary 2016 but faced criticism from traders and shoppers after sub-zero temperatures were recorded inside during the ‘Beast from the East’.


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