Love Your Local Market
22nd June 2012
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National Market Day starts Love Your Local Market fortnight, an initiative led by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) to highlight the importance of markets.

West Lancashire Borough Council runs Ormskirk Market, which operates every Thursday and Saturday on Moor Street, Aughton Street and Church Street.

To celebrate Love Your Local Market fortnight the Council has also organised two special one-off vintage markets on Friday 29 June and Friday 6 July.

About 100 stallholders sell their wares on Ormskirk Market and people travel from far and wide looking to pick up a bargain.

The market dates back to 1286 when the monks at nearby Burscough Priory were granted a Royal Charter by Edward 1 to hold a weekly outdoor market. It is still a focal point for locals and visitors alike.

Whatever you're looking for, from pullovers to pottery and food to furniture, you'll find it at Ormskirk Market.

About 30 stalls are already confirmed for the vintage markets. Organisers are hoping to have about 50 stalls altogether.

These will line Moor Street and Aughton Street in Ormskirk and will feature true vintage, retro, upcycled, and recycled goods.

Victorian entertainers such as a policeman riding a penny farthing and a Punch & Judy show are some the treats in store.

‘Charlie Chaplin’ will appear on both days, bringing his own characteristic humour to the events.

Visitors can play old-fashioned games such as hopscotch, diablo and quoits.

There will be creative stalls where you will be able to make a spinning picture toy called a phenakistoscope, just like the Victorians.

The vintage theme will extend to the Chapel Gallery on both days and the Café will be serving vintage teas.

If you are interested in having a stall at the vintage markets please call Chapel Gallery on 01695 571328 by 22 June.

National Market Day and Love Your Local Market fortnight are supported by a wide range of organsations such as the National Market Traders Federation and the Local Government Association.

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