The market in Ashton-under-Lyne has won a national award for the second year running. it has again been voted Britain’s Favourite Market in a public ballot. So says an article in the Manchester Evening News and Tameside Advertiser.
More than 100,000 votes were cast in favour of the site in a poll run by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NAMBA) . Councillor John Taylor, deputy leader of Tameside council, said it was ‘fantastic news’. He said: “We have been told it is history in the making for one market to be voted Britain’s favourite on two consecutive years.
“It is a testament to the many loyal customers but also the continued drive of traders and staff to make the market a modern, forward-looking and appealing focal point in the borough, attracting new shoppers all the time. “Thanks to everyone who voted and massive congratulations to everyone involved in making Ashton Market the very special place it is.”
Ashton has had a market for more than 700 years but its hall had to be rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2004. It now boasts more than 250 stalls both inside the historic building and outside, as well as a food court which can cate rfor business or social meetings.
Market chiefs also provide wi-fi for visitors and use social media to keep shoppers and traders up to date with the latest deals, competitions and news. Cooking demonstrations and culinary workshops are regularly held at the market, including some which promote the Love Food Hate Waste project.
A former winner of Britain’s Greenest Market and Market Team of the Year, the market takes part in Love Your local Market fortnight – an annual event that encourages the public to shop at their nearest marketplace. And, most recently, it hosted Tameside Christmas Market for the second consecutive year, drawing in 10,000 visitors. It will return this winter.