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South Ribble markets bring in big trading boost

MAKING A MARK: Edward Sutton (left), owner of Sootys Fruit and Veg, with employee Gary Coogan at Lostock Hall Market

MAKING A MARK: Edward Sutton (left), owner of Sootys Fruit and Veg, with employee Gary Coogan at Lostock Hall Market

Two South Ribble markets are going from strength to strength thanks to support from their local Neighbourhood Forums.

Lostock Hall and Longton markets were launched with funding from South Ribble Council’s Central My Neighbourhood Forum, after residents called for more choice with local produce.

More than £4,000 was provided by the forum for the Lostock Hall market, in Hope Terrace, and it has now expanded to six times a year.

Traders are selling everything from cheeses to babywear, fruit and vegetables, Indian snacks, handbags, cupcakes and meats.

In Longton, a monthly market has been launched at St Andrew’s Church Hall in partnership with the Country Market.

The organisers behind the market, which already ran weekly at the WI Hall, wanted to expand to bigger premises once a month to offer more choice in their community too.

Chairman of South Ribble Borough Council’s Central My Neighbourhood Forum, Coun Graham Walton, said: “It’s fantastic that these new markets have proved such a success in their first year.

“They were launched after residents told us that they wanted more choice of fresh food locally .

“And it shows that our Neighbourhood Forums can help make a real difference in the community.”

 

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