OSWESTRY Market has received prestigious recognition after being crowned the Local Council Market of the Year 2013.
The National Association of British Market Authorities voted in favour of Oswestry’s continued efforts to regenerate its market shopping experience after the Powis Market Hall underwent a major refurbishment in 2012.
The building won a national competition for a design produced by Sir Terrance Conran, and the NABMA judging panel also witnessed the introduction of a new market website with other social media initiatives and the introduction of Wi–Fi internet to the premises.
Oswestry mayor, Councillor Martin Bennett said: “Considerable investment has gone into the market in the last few years and we are delighted it has received this mark of recognition.
“It is a fantastic boost for not only the market but Oswestry town centre as a whole,” he added.
As well as the indoor market shopping experience every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Oswestry hosts outdoor markets during the week, on Wednesdays, Saturdays and a farmers’ market on the last Friday of each month.
Cllr Cynthia Hawksley added: “We were delighted when it came to the announcement and Oswestry’s name came up.
“I would like to thank all the people who work so hard on the market, including traders and the customers who come and support us,” she added.
l The town received a further boost early in the New Year after it was confirmed that supermarket operator, Morrisons, had agreed to deliver the much-anticipated multi-million pound regeneration of Oswestry’s Smithfield Cattle Market as part of a development creating hundreds of jobs.