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SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MARKET (17th December 2012)

Shrewsbury shoppers are being encouraged to help the town's indoor Market Hall scoop a major accolade in a national competition.

The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) has launched its annual Market of the Year awards, which includes a category for Britain’s Favourite Market.

Online voting for Britain’s Favourite Market is now open at www.nabma.com and customers are being urged to support Shrewsbury Market Hall in its bid to be crowned the best in Britain.

There will also be fliers available in the market as a reminder.

The results of the awards, which first launched in 2005, will be announced at a special ceremony held at the Council House, Birmingham on January 31 2013.

Mike Cox, Outdoor Recreation & Assets Manager for Shrewsbury Town Council, which runs the canopied section of the indoor Market Hall, said: “We are very proud of our market which offers a diverse mix of local and fresh produce and is valuable community asset. We hope our customers feel the same way and urge everyone who enjoys shopping at the market to vote for us online at www.nabma.com.”

Kate Gittins, site facilities manager at the market added: “Please, please, please vote for the market.  It’s a simple “click here to vote” on the NABMA website, then enter Shrewsbury Market Hall.  Our customers are constantly telling us how wonderful we are – let’s convert that enthusiasm into an award to put us on the national map!”

Voting closes on December 31.

NABMA is the country’s leading markets organisation. Membership is open to any organisation which has control of retail, wholesale, livestock markets, public abattoirs and pleasure fairs.