Votes sought to ensure hat trick of contest successes for market

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MARKET traders named Britain’s best for the last two years have made a last-minute appeal for votes to ensure they achieve a hat trick in 2013.

Doncaster Market has won the prestigious accolade in both 2011 and 2012 in an annual competition run by National Association of British Market Authorities.

The prize is given as a result of a public internet vote, and voting for the 2013 title is now open, prompting the Mayor of Doncaster to call for support.

Peter Davies, a keen supporter of Doncaster Market, recently approved a £1.37m fund which will see the most run-down parts of the market revamped, a move he hopes will boost its appeal.

He said the market is among the largest in the UK and added: “We know Doncaster Market is the best and it’s time to let everyone else know by voting for Doncaster.

“Our historic markets continue to attract thousands of shoppers from far and wide who come for the diverse range of stalls selling high quality, excellent value goods and foods.

“The thriving markets are a key part of our plan to attract more visitors and day trippers into the borough and it is vital we invest in them.”

Doncaster Council has already spent £150,000 on refurbishments including decorating the food hall, restoring the roofing, improving toilets and providing large screen televisions to give shoppers information.

The market has been run in Doncaster since 1248, and today has more than 400 stalls both indoors and outdoors.

To vote for the market in the competition log onto www.nabma.com/vote fill in the grey box and click vote. Voting closes on New Year’s Eve.