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Celebrating 'Market Fortnight' in Ripon as part of Love Your Local Market

16th May 2014

Categories: News

Last weekend Ripon Market Place played host to a small event to mark a big movement - national Love Your Local Market is a celebration of our market culture here in the UK and takes place throughout the country over a fortnight in May.

Markets have a long-standing place in the towns, cities and villages of the British Isles. They were the cornerstone of every major settlement throughout our history, with people bringing in goods from the surrounding countryside to trade.

Market day still holds a special place in the hearts of people from all walks of life, as a place to shop but also to socialise, meet up with acquaintances and catch up on gossip.

Today’s markets are seeing something of a revival in fortunes, and the event in Ripon was all about raising the profile of the local market and encouraging new stallholders to showcase their wares in this time-honoured tradition.
As part of Market Fortnight events were held across the country to generate renewed interest in local markets and to increase trade and footfall.
A new initiative to offer £10 stalls at Ripon market has seen new traders coming on board already, the first of which was Banya who were recruiting potential foster carers – a new approach to market stall promotion!

The strategy behind this is to create new stalls with different products which will add to the strength and diversity of the market and generate more footfall and ultimately build a robust, thriving and sustainable market for the town.

The £10 stall is a big part of the campaign to promote the markets and is available for new traders who have not traded at the market before. The stall is available for 3 consecutive weeks, after which the hope is that these newly established traders will be able to attend the market on a regular basis. The £10 stall promotion will be a feature of the market for some time to come and will be placed at different locations at the markets each week.
The event included tasty cookery demonstrations… The Mayor himself partaking in some Sri Lankan food sampling!

Last weekend’s event was also attended by ‘North Yorkshire Rotters’ raising awareness of the importance of reducing food waste, the benefits of home composting and the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign.

You can find out more about all the district’s local markets on our webpages here, or get involved with the love your local market campaign on the national website.

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