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Student captures history and character of Warrington Market
8:20am Saturday 12th May 2012 in News
PHOTOGRAPHY student Radka Dolinska has been capturing the history and character of Warrington Market.
The 24-year-old has collected pictures from the past as well as stories from stallholders whose families have been running businesses in the town for generations.
The St Helens College student, who is in the final year of her course, said: “My boyfriend Roy Sweeney is a butcher working on the market and he told me it could be moved and demolished in the future.
“Shops have been there for years which gave me the idea to record the life of stallholders for future generations.”
Radka, who moved to Warrington from Slovakia five years ago to study in England, said she focused on the atmosphere of the market and how things have changed during her project.
The Latchford resident added: “Often generations of the same family have run the same shop but a lot of people said the market is not as busy as it used to be.
“I was surprised how long businesses had been there for and hope they will remain open for many years but many don’t want to continue any longer.”
The pictures have been put together in a book which tells the stories of stalls including White Sports, the oldest independent sport store in the town, Butterworths bedding and towels and Heath’s Butchers as well as pictures from 1972 of a market butchers versus fishmongers cricket game.
The pictures will be displayed in Liverpool on May 22 and after getting in touch with the council, Radka also hopes to hold a small exhibition within the market.