Pontefract Market among the best in the country

Pontefract Market has won best indoor market at The Nationqal Association of British Market Authorities awards. (p612a505)
Pontefract Market has won best indoor market at The Nationqal Association of British Market Authorities awards. (p612a505)

Market traders in Pontefract are celebrating after being crowned the joint best small indoor market in the country.

The market, which attracts around 30,000 visitors per week, was named as joint winner by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for economic growth and skills, said: “Pontefract Market is an important part of the local economy and I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this award.

“The staff have worked very hard to generate a positive environment at the market, and many new businesses now want to come into the market hall.

“We also get a lot of positive response from the local community, who value the market as a key part of the town centre’s retail offer.”

The market is now fully occupied and the award follows a Wakefield Council business support programme for traders at the site.

Sir Bill O’Brien, secretary of Pontefract Town Centre Partnership, said the award was recognition for the work done at the market.

He said: “As a town we are very proud of the award. It means a great deal to Pontefract because it’s a good market with a good selection of stalls and it complements the outdoor stalls very well.

“Pontefract is quickly becoming a destination town. We have got the castle, which is being restored, we have got a world-class racecourse and we’ve now got an award winning market.

“We are over the moon with it and the traders are very pleased because it identifies them as being successful.”

The award was recognition for the market attracting new businesses and also recognises the market’s work with the local community.