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MMM off to a cracking start
THE National Market Traders Federation’s Making Markets Matter campaign 2014 got off to a cracking start at Beverley, where it was used as the focal point for a relaunch of the ancient market square following the major refurbishment.
NMTF National President Michael Nicholson and President-Elect John Dyson (who trades on the market) joined civic dignitaries for the official opening, hosted by the East Riding champion town crier Michael Wood, with a welcome from council Chairman Coun Pat O’Neil.
Beverley Brass Band provided a musical background, local chef James Mackenzie gave cookery demonstrations, and the MMM team kept the youngsters entertained with free face painting and the popular voucher vault.
Making Markets Matter, now in its ninth year, is a nationwide campaign to persuade the shopping public to savour the joys of the UK’s retail markets.
Other dates in the calendar are Stockport (June 14), Bury St Edmunds (June 28), Leyland (July 5), Norwich (August 1) and Thame (August 19).
    while all the main retailers of their products were selling at big margins.
After just a year he has built up a good market business selling taps at never more than 50 per cent of the recommended retail price.
“My business is all about the quality of the products and helping people get what they need at the best possible price,” he said.
Without doubt, the traders are key to the success of Beverley market, and the market is key to the vibrancy of the town.
But it’s also a combination of other diverse factors that have come together to create a thriving market town. It may not be easy to replicate, but at least Beverley offers a beacon of hope for struggling markets and flagging town centres.
 FACTS & FIGURES
 l Market Days: Saturday is the main market day, but there is a very small, trader-operated market on Wednesdays
l Market Rent: Permanent traders pay £42 a day per day for a 12 ft pitch and £33 for an 8 ft one. Casuals pay £44 and £36.
l Beverley’s Claim to Fame: Beverley is famous for Beverley Minster, Beverley Racecourse and Beverley Grammar School, said to be England’s oldest grammar school. Founded by Saint John of Beverley, it was a place of pilgrimage in medieval times and was once one of the largest and richest towns in the country, thanks to wool trading.
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Kenneth Gillespie (left) runs Oracle Taps, which he believes is the only market stall in the country specialising in taps
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