Markets expected to draw in the crowds

MARKETS: The Easter Market in Preston last year
MARKETS: The Easter Market in Preston last year
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AN Easter market will stretch for a quarter-of-a-mile along the streets of Preston next month, organisers have confirmed.

The Lancashire Market will see 90 stalls stretching along Friargate Brow, Friargate and Orchard Street in the city centre on Saturday, April 19.

The market, which is being sponsored by Preston College, is recognised as the biggest regular outdoor celebration of produce from the Red Rose County. John Boydell chair of market organisers, the Preston Business Improvement District (BID), said the Easter celebration would once again bring crowds of shoppers to the city centre.

He said: “The Lancashire Market has consistently brought tens of thousands of people to Preston city centre to get a taste of produce from across the county. We expect this Easter market to be another record for the market with yet more traders recognising this is the place to show off their products.

“As always, the market can do its bit to attract people to the city centre but it is up to traders to do their bit to keep them here and enjoying what Preston has to offer.”

Carl Speight vice principal of enterprise and engagement at Preston’s College said: “Supporting local business is a key priority for us at Preston’s College so we’re extremely proud to be sponsoring such a well-recognised event that showcases the very best from our community.

“I’m sure our staff and students are also very much looking forward to getting a taste of the Lancashire Market.”

The market will kick off at 10am on Easter Saturday and will run for seven hours until 5pm.

Craig Hughes bee-keeper and producer of Crossmoor Honey said: “We love the Lancashire Market, the people of Preston are so welcoming and friendly.

“It’s always a busy event and we truly look forward to coming back again…..and again.”