Preston’s new market is officially open.Advertisement
The ribbon was cut by Leader of Preston City Council, Councillor Peter Rankin and Mayor of Preston, Councillor Brian Rollo. They were accompanied by Councillor Robert Boswell and trader Sam Livesey from Livesey’s Butchers at the civic ceremony held on Saturday (10 March).
A clearly proud Cllr Rankin praised the traders and told the crowd it had been a long journey to get to this day.
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The ceremony was part of a celebration-filled day at the market.
The new market hall – a glass walled structure that sits underneath the old Victorian canopy – was busy with people of all ages shopping, eating and enjoying the entertainment.
Lion dancers from the University of Central Lancashire’s Confucius Institute performed a dance through the aisles. There was live music from local singer-songwriter Mike Dignam and vintage vocalist Dani Gallagher.
Cllr Boswell said: “The new market has so far been a success, and I’m sure it will continue to be. The official opening has been excellent, a really good family occasion.” He also paid tribute to Cllr Rankin for his bravery in attending the ceremony despite a recent hospital stay.
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Stalls are still available in the market hall. You can register your interest at New Preston Market Trader Opportunities.
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