Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Celebrations to show that we really love Ormskirk Market
Come to Ormskirk and join the celebrations to show how well loved Ormskirk Market is.
Ormskirk Market is held every Thursday and Saturday and dates back to 1286. This year it will be joining hundreds of other markets across the country to celebrate Love Your Local Market fortnight. This is a celebration of our market culture organised by the National Association of British Market Authorities.
Aughton Street and Moor Street will be decorated with bunting and banners from 17 May to 31 May to make it look even more attractive and special events are being planned.
Councillor John Hodson, portfolio holder with responsibility for Ormskirk Market, said: “Ormskirk Market is a fantastic asset for West Lancashire and I am delighted that we are taking part in Love Your Local Market fortnight this year. There are some great free events for all the family to enjoy so come along and join in with the celebrations.”
On Thursday 26 May a DJ will entertain crowds with music through the decades all played on 1930s gramophones from 11am-4pm. Dr Pandemonious Fish will be riding around on his penny farthing entertaining people between 11am-3pm.
The Mayor of West Lancashire and the Ormskirk Town Crier will judge the best dressed stall competition at 11am. Ormskirk Bygone Times will provide a display of historic photographs, and Ormskirk Parish Church will be opened up to visitors. Ormskirk Community Partnership will also have a Gingerbread Heritage Stall.
The entertainment on Saturday 28 May will have a real family theme. Ormskirk Rock Choir will perform in the events square on Moor Street between 11.30am-12.30pm followed by the Kelly Shirley School of Dance at 1pm (weather depending), and there will be traditional fete games such as hook a duck and facepainting for the youngsters. Ormskirk Parish Church will be opened up again, and there will be stalls run by entrepreneurial Edge Hill University students.
Supporting Love Your Market Fortnight is in line with the Council Plan which is ambitious for our economy and aims to encourage business and wealth. It also part of the delivery of the Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy which aims to ensure the centre has an even brighter and more vibrant future. Partners driving the strategy forward are West Lancashire Borough Council, Love Ormskirk, Ormskirk Community Partnership, Edge Hill University, Edge Hill Students’ Union and Business in the Community.