Can Lichfield be Britain's Favourite Market ?

Published: 17 December 2008

City market

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 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.