Residents and visitors to the East Riding are being encouraged to visit Driffield’s thriving markets as part of a national Love Your Local Market Campaign which runs to 28 May.
Driffield is a traditional market town with an outdoor market every Thursday in the main street and a farmers’ market at Kelleythorpe once a month - plus a series of one off Saturday markets.
They complement Driffield’s huge range of independent local shops and businesses- of which there are 140 in total.
Driffield Sensational Saturday Markets will be held monthly on the third Saturday of the month, between April and September, between 9am and 2pm at Cross Hill car park, including Saturday, 17 May during Love Your Local Market fortnight. Handmade crafts, designer makers and local food producers accompanied by street entertainment will add to the occasion.
Driffield Farmers’ Market is held at Driffield Showground, Kellythorpe, on the first Saturday of every month, from 9am to 1pm.
Dates for 2014 are: 7 June, 5 July, 2 August, 6 September, 4 October, 1 November, 6 December and 20 December.
Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities, said: “The economy of the East Riding is diverse and our local markets play an important role within it.
“Our area has a rich history when it comes to market trading and is proud to be supporting the national Love Your Local Market campaign, which provides an opportunity for us to support and celebrate our local markets in the East Riding.
“Markets offer a social hub for people to purchase goods and services while also enjoying a cup of coffee and a conversation with friends.
“I would urge all our residents and of course visitors to the area to go down to their local market and see what is on offer.”
John Dyson, a market trader and president-elect of the National Market Traders Federation, said: “The East Riding is home to a number of successful weekly markets, all of which play an important role in their community’s local economy.
“The national Love Your Local Market Campaign provides an excellent platform to showcase the goods and services provided by market traders across the country and help encourage residents and visitors to come down and have a look at what markets have to offer.”
If anyone has an idea for a business that they would like to explore further they can contact any of the East Riding business centres for free business advice and make an appointment to see a business advisor.
For further information about local markets, including monthly farmers’ and local producers’ markets, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding
For details about the National Market Traders Federation, visit www.nmtf.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @marketsmatter
For more about Love Your Local Market, visit www.loveyourlocalmarket.org.uk or follow @loveurlocalmkt on Twitter.