Loving Loughborough Markets for 800 years

Published: Fri 15th October, 2021

  • Photo shows L-R: Market traders Amy Cooling and Arthur Proctor, market fairs and town centre operations manager Linda Machin, market trader Steph Smith and Cllr Jenny Bokor, Council’s lead member for Loughborough.
    Photo shows L-R: Market traders Amy Cooling and Arthur Proctor, market fairs and town centre operations manager Linda Machin, market trader Steph Smith and Cllr Jenny Bokor, Council’s lead member for Loughborough.

It’s time to show your love for Loughborough Markets as part of the national Love Your Local Market campaign which launches on Saturday October 16.

Charnwood Borough Council is backing the campaign and using it as an opportunity to call on people to support the market, appeal for new stall holders and to also celebrate the 800th anniversary of a Royal Charter being granted to the market.

The Love Your Local Market campaign is run by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).

Cllr Jenny Bokor, the Council’s lead member for Loughborough, said: “We are incredibly proud of Loughborough Markets and I would urge people to show their support for traders by making an extra special effort to visit during the Love Your Local market campaign.

“Markets are at the heart of our community and not only offer everything from fresh produce and clothing to household goods and gifts, but they also add to the colour, vibrancy and atmosphere of our town.

“The markets also bring in thousands of people each week to Loughborough which is very important to our local economy.

“The fact that this year we are also celebrating 800 years since the granting of the Royal Charter makes being part of this campaign even more special. We certainly love Loughborough Markets, and we know lots of people do to.”

Photo shows market traders Andrew Smith, Donna Purdy and Lou Cavner

Tony Simons of Tony’s Eggs has been trading on the market for over 20 years said. He said: “This year’s Love Your Local Market campaign is a great opportunity to see what the 800-year-old Loughborough Market has to offer.

“There’s a fantastic atmosphere in the town centre on market days and I would encourage any new businesses who may fancy joining the market to have a look at the Council’s Try a Trade scheme.

“Many traders worked during the pandemic to continue serving the local community and we would like to thank all customers for their support over last 18 months.”

Loughborough town centre hosts a retail market every Thursday and Saturday and it is one of the largest in the region. On Fridays there is in Vintage Market. The Council also organises a market in Shepshed every Friday which has grown in popularity since the pandemic has started as residents sought out fresh produce in their local area.

Marie Brader of Nibbles and Cheddar sells a wide range of cheeses and started trading on Loughborough Market earlier this year. Marie said: “I’ve loved my first six months on the market. Everyone has been so welcoming, and my customers have been wonderful. I would like to thank them all for their support.

“This is an incredibly special year for Loughborough Market. I feel proud to be part of it during its 800th anniversary and hopefully for many more years to come.”

In 1221, a young King Henry III granted a Royal Charter to Hugh Despenser, the Lord of the manor, to hold a weekly Thursday market and an annual fair in Loughborough.

The market charter was granted 800 years ago on January 22, 1221 and the charter for the fair a few days later.

If you are interested in in trying your hand at being a market trader, the Council runs its Try a Trade scheme.

This offers new sole traders who are setting up a new business the opportunity to get their first day of trading for free and then the next 12 consecutive weeks at half price. For more details, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/try_a_trade

The Council will be sharing a range of photographs and video about Loughborough Markets on its social media channels. It is urging people to share their thoughts and memories about Loughborough Markets. Simply keep an eye on @CharnwoodBC on Twitter or www.facebook.com/charnwoodbc

For more information on the Love Your Local Market campaign, visit www.nabma.com/love-your-local-market-2021/ or look for the hashtag on Twitter #LYLM2021 or visit https://www.facebook.com/loveyourlocalmarket on Facebook.