Totally Locally Brighouse is top of the shops in ‘Oscars of the market world’

Totally Locally Food and Craft Market in Brighouse Town Centre'Pictured is the very popular 'Street' food stall
Totally Locally Food and Craft Market in Brighouse Town Centre'Pictured is the very popular 'Street' food stall

BRIGHOUSE’s Totally Locally market has come top of the shops at a national awards ceremony.

The National Association of British Market Authorities named the Brighouse Totally Locally market Best Small Speciality market.

Stall holders Rachel Kellett, Claire Price and Charlie Price  in Commercial St at second Totally Locally market in Brighouse

Stall holders Rachel Kellett, Claire Price and Charlie Price in Commercial St at second Totally Locally market in Brighouse

The markets, which now run three times a year, started last year as a joint scheme between the Brighouse Business Initiative and Calderdale Council.

They were nominated by Markets Manager John Walker.

The next market is planned for April 28.

Organiser Lesley Adams said they were delighted with the result.

“It’s a big team effort and it’s thanks to the collaboration between the Business Initiative and Calderdale Council.”

They were chosen by a panel of six judges, made up of members of the media, sponsors and National Association of British Market Authorities.

Chief Executive Graham Wilson said the category had invited entries from Christmas markets, speciality food markets and local markets.

“We, the panel were encouraged by all the efforts being made to promote this market and the local emphasis that the market was was being used to promote the community.

“It is clear that the traders and Calderdale Council were working hard to make the market successful. We also liked the mix of traders and the way in which the market was clearly a partnership between traders and the council.”

“Brighouse was very much about local community, the emphasis is very much about working in partnership and that’s what impressed the judges.

“We regard the awards as the Oscars of the market industry.”

The markets take over the town centre and invite stalls including Czerwik’s, stockists of local beers and bakers. Hundreds of people have now made their way to see the local goods on offer.