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South Molton Crowned Again at National Market Awards!
South Molton Crowned Again at National Market Awards!
Staff, traders and visitors to South Molton Pannier Market are celebrating this week, after being crowned Britain’s Best Community Market for the second year running.
South Molton Town Council town clerk, Andrew Coates, Market Manager, William Tyacke and Events and Promotions Manager, Melanie James, were invited to attend the prestigious National Association British Market Awards at The MacDonalad Burlington Hotel in Birmingham on Thursday along with representatives from markets from all over the country.
Almost 1,500 markets currently operate in Great Britain and the competition saw approximately 40,000 votes cast as members of the public were invited to vote for their favourite market.
The panel of judges were impressed at the huge variety of free community events that have been held by South Molton Town Council and the vibrancy of the market and it’s diversity of stalls.
Although the overall national picture for markets is slightly gloomy, with many markets struggling to attract and retain stall holders, South Molton staff were praised for the huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to keep the market running efficiently. The Pannier Market currently has a healthy waiting list of stall holders looking to trade at the Thursday and Saturday markets and attracts enquiries from all over the South West.
Market Manager, William Tycake said: “To do the double is such an achievement and we are all in a state of shock to be honest! The feedback we get from visitors to the market has been so positive and it is fantastic to have the recognition from NABMA with this award.
“We take great pride in offering a traditional market with a good variety of almost 70 stalls every Thursday and Saturday. Our traders work incredibly hard to offer the best service to their customers and this award would not have been possible without their loyalty and dedication.”
Events and Promotions Manager, Melanie James added: “Having won the award last year, we knew we would have to work exceptionally hard to win it for a second time and really focussed on bringing the community together in our wonderful Pannier Market.
“In the last 12 month we have had numerous free events and entertainment, including the King’s Coronation celebrations and have hosted several charity events and well as staging our festivals of food and drink, which have been incredibly popular.
“The free to use ice skating rink at Christmas was a particular highlight of the year, along with the free firework display and market which was attended by several thousand people.
“The community really is at the heart of everything we do in the market and we are so proud to have been judged to have been the Best Community Market again. Thank you so much to everyone who voted.”
Town Clerk, Andrew Coates concluded: “It was fantastic to be invited to the awards ceremony and hear the other market’s success stories, but it was also a real eye opener to hear how some other markets are struggling and there is a real risk of many closing.
“Our market is extremely well supported by our local community and we also attract visitors from further afield. Market days are really buzzing in the town and the local area sees an increase in footfall on these days. The market plays an integral part in our rural community and provides a wonderful platform, not only for local businesses to sell, but for people to come together. The town council are very proud that our market is held in such high esteem.”
The Country Market
The Country Market hosts 70 local businesses selling a wide range of locally produced, reared and grown foods, great quality ‘not on the High St’ goods, locally grown plants and flowers, quality antiques and collectibles, an array of talented Artisans and artists, and much more. Our friendly stallholders are welcoming and knowledgeable, and all purchases are covered by our unique Shoppers’ Charter, giving all our customers piece of mind.
With regular special markets and events, and cheap all day parking, there’s something for the whole family at our Country Market and all under one roof.
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Pannier Market Booking Pack
Please call or drop-by to check if the date that you would like is available: 01769 572501. Please note that we do not take bookings for Bank Holidays.
Please send your application form and room layout to: South Molton Town Council, 125 East Street, South Molton, EX36 3BU. Along with a non-refundable minimum £5 deposit.
If your booking includes a bar, you will need to contact our ‘Designated Premises Supervisor’ Derek Sheldon, his contact details can be found in the Conditions of Hire. He takes the responsibility regarding the sale of alcohol. Please do not call Derek Sheldon to reach the Council, if you want to make an enquiry or a booking please call us on 01769 572501.
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