WARRINGTON Market has won a major prize at the national Great British Market Awards.

The temporary market was named best small indoor market at a ceremony at Birmingham’s Council House today, Thursday.

Organised by NABMA (National Association of British Market Authorities) and sponsored by KPR Midlink, The Great British Market Awards celebrate excellence in retail and wholesale markets across the UK.

The judges said: "Recognising a combination of innovation, partnership and investment between the local authority, the market management team, the market traders and shoppers, saw Warrington temporary indoor market win best small indoor market.

"They have taken a journey from an old market to a new market without sacrificing quality, infrastructure or atmosphere."

Warrington Market moved to its new, temporary home, in September 2017 and is due to relocate into its permanent base on Bridge Street next year.

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NABMA president, Cllr Geraldine Carter said: “The applications for the Great British Market Awards 2019 have seen entries from across the UK from a wide range of diverse and inspiring markets and events.

"As the future of our high streets continues to be under scrutiny, it is clear, that offering customers unique shopping opportunities along with great events, that markets can continue to be at the heart of our communities, towns and cities.”

Chief executive of NABMA, Graham Wilson, added: “I would like to congratulate all the winners, who are prime examples of markets moving forward and adapting to local needs and customer demands. With over 100 entries received and the thousands of votes cast, it is clear the UK is still passionate about its markets."