Farmers market revival in village at weekend

right, Thomas Calderbank with helpers serving food and drinks at the recent Seasonal Craft fair at Longridge Civic Hall

right, Thomas Calderbank with helpers serving food and drinks at the recent Seasonal Craft fair at Longridge Civic Hall

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THE success of the Farmers Markets in Longridge has led organisers to revive a village’s own popular market after it collasped last December.

Thomas Calderbank and his team have announced the start of the new venture in Ribchester in time for its first opening next Saturday, May 12.

Thomas said “We have held the markets in the town centre of Longridge for a number of months now and now have plans for a sister market in the nearby village of Ribchester.

“After the collapse of the Ribchester farmers’ market last December, one of our market’s stallholders, Susannah Sladen, has joined forces with us in Longridge to launch a new monthly market in Ribchester.”

Susannah, who runs the ‘Bespoke Biscuits’ stand at the Longridge market, is to take charge of the new venture in Ribchester which wkil be held indoors and outdoors at the village’s Sports and Social Club.

Days will be the second Saturday of each month starting next Saturday, times from 10am to 2pm and stands will include favourites from the popular Longridge Farmers’ Market, as well as some additional stalls.

Thomas added “Susie has also volunteered to run Longridge Farmers’ Markets in May and June as they were previously not going to open.

“The markets will now be run open on their expected days, May 26 and June 30 in the familiar location of the Old Station and the Towneley Arms.”

Susannah can now be contacted on 07412464634 for information on who is attending or on how to exhibit at both the markets in Ribchester and Longridge.