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Shrewsbury Market Hall in hunt for Britain’s Favourite Market 2019 title

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Shrewsbury Market Hall won the title of ‘Britain’s Favourite Market 2018’ and now its traders are urging customers to get behind them once again in their bid to retain the title for 2019.

Britain’s Favourite Market competition is run every year by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) which invites members of the public to cast their vote online.

Markets up and down the country have entered. The competition is part of the annual Great British Market Awards. Voting takes place on the NABMA website until Friday 30 November 2018.

Kate Gittins, Shropshire Council’s facilities manager for Shrewsbury Market Hall, said:-

“We’re hoping the public will get behind us once again. Since we won the 2018 Britain’s Favourite Market award, back in January, our Market Hall has simply got better and better.

“New brilliant stalls have opened, including two exciting eateries, and our regular Saturday Late Nights, which we launched last year, are so successful that they are now firmly fixed on our calendar. They get better with each one and people love them.

“Up to 1,900 people pass through the building during the course of these events, which have opened the market to a wider audience.

“Thanks to incredibly creative traders our market has reinvented itself. While many markets around the country are struggling, we’re bucking the trend and continue to get more popular. We now have a record waiting list of more than 430 people wanting a stall in the market.”

Members of the public can vote online by going to https://www.nabma.com/vote/. There is no restriction on how many times someone can vote. The winners of the market awards will be announced in January 2019.

Shrewsbury Market Hall traders

From left: Market traders (top) Laura Bottomley, of The Raven Bookshop, Joe Johnson, of Washed Up Wood, (bottom) Jackie Tunks, of No 49a, and artist Karen Duffy, urge the public to get behind Shrewsbury Market Hall’s ‘Britain’s Favourite Market’ campaign.

Shrewsbury Market Hall, in Claremont Street, is home to nearly 70 independent small businesses. It is jointly run by Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council.

 About Shrewsbury Market Hall: 

The Market Hall is a two-tier, indoor market hall situated in the heart of Shrewsbury town centre.

It is jointly run by Shropshire Council, which is responsible for the permanent stalls located around the perimeter of the market floor and gallery, and Shrewsbury Town Council, which manages the canopied stalls in the centre.

The Market Hall is situated above a range of well-known high street and independent retailers. Busy trading streets, Shoplatch and Claremont Street, run either side of the building.

It opened in 1965 and is today home to many traders offering a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, fresh fish, delicatessen, a selection of eateries, books, china, antiques, collectables and contemporary arts and crafts and much more. 

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