Can Lichfield be Britain's Favourite Market ?
Published: 17 December 2008
As the country faces its toughest economic pressures for many years, the
value of the local city centre markets has never been more important.
A national competition is being run by the National Association of
British Market Authorities to find the U.K "Market of the Year". People
can vote for free on line at www.nabma.com and
votes will be recorded up to 20 January.
Lichfield City Council Markets Officer, Rachel Clive is encouraging
residents to take part and show their support for the Lichfield market
and its traders. "Lichfield is not the largest market in the West
Midlands, but I'm sure it's one of the friendliest and offers some of
the best deals around", she said. "So if you like your traditional
local market, please show your support and vote for us online."
Local markets have long been identified as the source of quality, low
cost and often locally sourced food. They have a unique atmosphere and
the direct contact between the customer and trader which offers the
chance for a bit of banter - and sometimes to barter too!
The Market of the Year is being endorsed by TV celebrity and BBC
Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers. "I have long been a supporter of
markets as they provide fresh produce, an outlet for locally sourced
foods and meet government and local agendas. I want everyone; both
producer and consumer, to support their local market and record their
vote for Britain's Favourite Market."
The results of Britain's Favourite Market will be announced in an awards
ceremony at Birmingham Council House on 29 January.