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Love your local market

With numerous markets operating about the borough – and of course the longest outdoor street market in Europe – Waltham Forest Council is throwing its weight behind the Love Your Local Market 2015 campaign.


“Markets are hugely important,” said Councillor Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets. “They provide everything from the everyday produce we all need, to a whole range of different products that other retailers often simply don’t stock.


“They are notoriously able to adapt to the changing wants and needs of the communities they serve because they react to what sells so directly. What’s more markets rightly have a reputation for providing great value and the freshest of produce. And here in Waltham Forest we have some brilliant examples of really vibrant markets.”


The word Walthamstow has become synonymous with the word market given the fame its mile long parade of stalls has brought to the High Street over the 125 years it has been in operation. The fact it is still going strong Tuesday to Saturday is testament to the focal point it provides to the local community.


But up and down the borough there are also numerous markets held at different times. Walthamstow itself welcomes London Farmers Market every Sunday, while Essex Farmers Market visits Highams Park the fourth Sunday of every month and Station Road in North Chingford the second Sunday of every month.


Currently Essex Farmers Market is also running a pilot at Chingford Mount on the second Thursday of each month between 9am and 5pm. And not content with just a Sunday market, Station Road also hosts a market on the fourth Saturday of every month, run by local retailers in the Love North Chingford Association.  


Over 900 markets across the country are taking part in Love Your Local Market campaign that is led by the National Association of British Market Authorities. Since the campaign began in 2012 participants have staged over 11,000 events.


For more information about the borough’s markets visit the Council’s website at www.walthamforest.gov.uk or call 0208 496 3000. For more information about the Love Your Local Market campaign visit www.loveyourlocalmarket.org.uk




PHOTO: Walthamstow Market has been serving the local community for over 125 years.

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