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Paul Clarke finds out how to support Leeds' market traders

Published on April 28th 2011.

Meet market

FANS OF the historic Kirkgate Market can support their favourite traders during the first Shop at Leeds Market Week, which runs from Tuesday May 3 until Saturday.
The week long shopping frenzy for genuine bargains has been organised by Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market who have been working on preserving and improving the market, which they say is a vital part of the city’s heritage.
The group will have a stall space at the end of Fish Row from were will be all sorts of creative endeavours like live Twitter, map-making and there will be always be someone on hand to chat to about the market.
“This event will help to show the creative potential of Kirkgate Market, as well as demonstrating what a fantastic place this is to shop and meet the local community. We hope to inject something a bit unusual into Kirkgate Market, bring a different crowd in, and help people see it in a new light,” says Friends spokesperson Megan Waugh.
Leeds_Kirkgate_Market.jpgPunters can join daily tours of Kirkgate Market which will include talks from traders and samples of the delicious produce that can be found: perfect for market beginners and those who want a few tips and tricks.
For the more arty customer live music happenings will pop up at various locations round the market and storyteller Matthew Bellwood, the man behind 365 Tiny Stories About Leeds, will be based in the market throughout the week to record your stories and memories.
There’s even a tombola! Stocked, of course, with weird and wonderful goodies from the market. The week of celebrations around this historic market will culminate throughout Saturday for which the Friends have loads of exciting and intriguing things lined up.
The Friends want to remind new and old there nowhere else where you can find such varied, fresh and high quality produce at such affordable prices. Instead of shuffling down strip lit supermarket aisles to buy disappointing, overpriced, pre-packaged food, they want you check out lovely produce from traders who really know what they’re talking about and who are always more than happy to offer advice.
And it’s not just food. There’s haberdashery, kitchenware, textiles, jewellery – pretty much anything you can think of in one of the North’s greatest markets.
For information and updates check out the Shop at Leeds Market Week blog at http://shopatleedsmarket.tumblr.com/ follow Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market on Twitter @FriendsOfLKM

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