Warrington Market scoops top award

Warrington Guardian: Clr Kevan Wainwright, president of NABMA, presents the award to Steve Pickering Clr Kevan Wainwright, president of NABMA, presents the award to Steve Pickering

WARRINGTON Market is top of the shops after clinching a national award for its campaign to promote what is on offer for shoppers.

The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) gave the market the best love your local market event for its campaign last May.

The fortnight saw Warrington Market arrange outdoor markets, a food festival, a vintage craft fair, history tours, a teenage market and a flash mob.

And the market was represented at the House of Commons with a replica Houses of Parliament cake created by the staff at Alison Loves to Bake.

Steve Pickering, market manager, said: “The main aim of the campaign was to create a buzz around Warrington Market and encourage start-up businesses to consider joining us.

“The outdoor markets and food festival worked brilliantly and really showcased our traders and local produce.

“We’re delighted with this award and already have plenty in the pipeline for 2014 so come and visit us.

“Every time we win an award it gives us the chance to highlight the awards of our traders.”

The president of NABMA, Clr Kevan Wainwright, presented the award to Mr Pickering, deputy leader of the council, Clr Mike Hannon and market traders.

Clr Mike Hannon added: “It shows how important the market is to us. We have had the markets for 100s of years and still have the fishmarket intact now.

“This national, high profile award is a true reflection of the hard work and commitment shown by staff and traders, and this is what makes our market such a success.”

The market is set to undergo a major transformation starting later this year to build a new market hall which will incorporate the former Boots building to give the market frontage on Bridge Street.

Steve Park, from Warrington & Co, said: “Any successful market brings footfall and vibrancy to a town centre and that’s what we are looking for in the Bridge Street regeneration.

“Having a market on Bridge Street will improve links for people to visit.”

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12:10pm Wed 26 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

Now all they need is stall open for business and enough shoppers to use the thing. There has been a decline in footfall for several years and the variety of stall has diminished. One award doesn't make them good at what the should be doing.
Now all they need is stall open for business and enough shoppers to use the thing. There has been a decline in footfall for several years and the variety of stall has diminished. One award doesn't make them good at what the should be doing. SAC_in_Warrington
  • Score: 4

12:23pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

A licenced bar could be good - sometimes a cup of tea doesn't cut it.
A licenced bar could be good - sometimes a cup of tea doesn't cut it. Nick Tessla
  • Score: 1

2:13pm Wed 26 Feb 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
A licenced bar could be good - sometimes a cup of tea doesn't cut it.
With you on that Nick
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: A licenced bar could be good - sometimes a cup of tea doesn't cut it.[/p][/quote]With you on that Nick GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 1

8:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Fedupandneedtorant says...

How can Warrington Market win awards - half the stalls have shut, its expensive compared to other markets and the place is scruffy including dirty toilets. It is a disgrace, should be shut down not given awards.
How can Warrington Market win awards - half the stalls have shut, its expensive compared to other markets and the place is scruffy including dirty toilets. It is a disgrace, should be shut down not given awards. Fedupandneedtorant
  • Score: 5

8:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

grey-area says...

Can't help but think it was put in the wrong part of town all those years ago.
Would think the major footfall is over in the Golden Square sector, and has been since the 1970's. Hence the decline of Bridge Street and Sankey Street shops.
Can't help but think it was put in the wrong part of town all those years ago. Would think the major footfall is over in the Golden Square sector, and has been since the 1970's. Hence the decline of Bridge Street and Sankey Street shops. grey-area
  • Score: 2

9:15pm Wed 26 Feb 14

old-codger says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
A licenced bar could be good - sometimes a cup of tea doesn't cut it.
Brrrrrrook Bond PG Tips, You little monkey :):):)
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: A licenced bar could be good - sometimes a cup of tea doesn't cut it.[/p][/quote]Brrrrrrook Bond PG Tips, You little monkey :):):) old-codger
  • Score: 0

10:10am Thu 27 Feb 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Is that a cardboard cut out of a chap with a hat or is it a real person stood behind the Mayor in the first picture?
I reckon old-codger snook into the picture didn't you!!
Is that a cardboard cut out of a chap with a hat or is it a real person stood behind the Mayor in the first picture? I reckon old-codger snook into the picture didn't you!! GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 1

4:34pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Penketh Pony says...

I think it's a ghost.
I think it's a ghost. Penketh Pony
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