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Love Your Local Market Week 2014

A week of markets is taking place in Bedford town centre to mark Love Your Local Market until the 23rd May. 

 

Local residents and community groups have the opportunity to run their own market stalls throughout the week, with Bedford Borough Council offering discounted rates to help boost interest in local markets.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Bedford’s market is one of the oldest and most historic in the country, dating back to 1166 when King Henry II granted the borough a charter to allow Bedfordians to hold their own market.

 

“In recent years, Bedford Market has been extended to cover a larger area of the town centre, despite the challenging economic climate and remains an integral part of the town centre and Bedford Borough, boosting town centre footfall numbers.

 

“We are proud to support Love Your Local Market Week once again and offer local groups and residents the chance to hold their own market stall in the heart of Bedford.”

 

Bedford’s market history dates back over 800 years when King Henry II granted the charter in 1166 which allowed Bedfordians to hold their own market.

 

A market was held on St Paul’s Square since the 1500’s until eventually it outgrew the site and moved to the Riverside Square car park nearly 20 years ago. In February 2002 the market returned to its roots on St Paul’s Square and Harpur Square, bringing it back to the heart of Bedford town centre. 

 

If you would like to hold a market during Love Your Local Market Week or you are interested in becoming a market trader, please contact Paul Jamieson on 01234 718676 or email markets@bedford.gov.uk

 

Bedford Markets take place throughout the year:

 

Wednesday and Saturday: Charter Markets

Thursday: Gourmet Food Market

Thursday: Kempston General Market

Friday: Home & Garden Market 

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