Bolton Market is one of best in country, say trade experts

The Bolton News: From left, Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Keith Burnett, Graham Wilson, Alain Jobe, Hilary Paxman and Malcolm Vegas at the Lifestyle Hall in Bolton Market From left, Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Keith Burnett, Graham Wilson, Alain Jobe, Hilary Paxman and Malcolm Vegas at the Lifestyle Hall in Bolton Market

BOLTON Market was hailed as one of the best in the country during a visit from trade experts.

The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) visited the halls to cap a fortnight of events for the Love Your Local Market festival.

Graham Wilson, chief executive of NABMA, met with Bolton Council officials and market stall holders yesterday.

He said: “Nationally we regard Bolton as one of the most forward-thinking markets in the country.

“The food court, being able to pay by card and free Wi-Fi — all of these initiatives are examples of the confidence in the market, and to make it meet modern needs.”

One of the country’s oldest markets, the centre opened in the 1930s and welcomes around three million visitors a year.

Based in Ashburner Street, it re-opened in February following a £4.5 million investment with a third of the stalls taken by new businesses including a micro pub and coffee bean company.

Cllr Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, the newly-appointed cabinet member for community services, said she was thrilled NABMA had chosen to hold their finale in Bolton Market.

She said: “This market is one of the jewels of the crown of Bolton Council.

“It’s a fantastic testament to the work and investment that has been happening in Bolton.”

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4:21pm Fri 30 May 14

marco999 says...

'Bolton market one of the best in the country' - I've obviously been in a long, long coma and just woke up then - what else has changed beyond all imagination while I've been asleep?
'Bolton market one of the best in the country' - I've obviously been in a long, long coma and just woke up then - what else has changed beyond all imagination while I've been asleep? marco999
  • Score: 1

4:45pm Fri 30 May 14

thomas222 says...

My God can there be worse markets with more zero ratings with food standards than Bolton Markets.
My God can there be worse markets with more zero ratings with food standards than Bolton Markets. thomas222
  • Score: 4

5:10pm Fri 30 May 14

devs says...

Where they wearing blindfolds
Where they wearing blindfolds devs
  • Score: 3

5:23pm Fri 30 May 14

Wolfie190 says...

The food market is very good but I'm pretty sure every main towns food market is just as good its just a market where you buy stuff cheaper than supermarkets.
The food market is very good but I'm pretty sure every main towns food market is just as good its just a market where you buy stuff cheaper than supermarkets. Wolfie190
  • Score: 0

6:35pm Fri 30 May 14

bleedingobvious says...

Bolton Market is **** for Customers.How many people disagree with me?
Bolton Market is **** for Customers.How many people disagree with me? bleedingobvious
  • Score: -6

7:21pm Fri 30 May 14

Older Boltonian says...

Bolton Market is much over rated in our desire to find something good we can be proud of about the town. OK for cheap vegetables but not good for meat. Too much is put back at the end of the day and refrozen. We were once quite sick after eating some allegedly high quality lamb chops that cooked to mush, a sure sign if first damaged meat fibre. Just returned from Toronto, where the St. Lawrence Market, judged best in the world by National Geographic, was stunning. No time or space here to describe the difference between the friendliness, cleanliness, attractiveness of the stalls, sheer food quality and eye opening key lower prices than Britain for the very best, freshest food of all types. There, no food is put out for more than the day of trading. At the end of the day, if not sold, all food is disposed of, usually to local charities. How about matching that Bolton? What a winner that would be.
Bolton Market is much over rated in our desire to find something good we can be proud of about the town. OK for cheap vegetables but not good for meat. Too much is put back at the end of the day and refrozen. We were once quite sick after eating some allegedly high quality lamb chops that cooked to mush, a sure sign if first damaged meat fibre. Just returned from Toronto, where the St. Lawrence Market, judged best in the world by National Geographic, was stunning. No time or space here to describe the difference between the friendliness, cleanliness, attractiveness of the stalls, sheer food quality and eye opening key lower prices than Britain for the very best, freshest food of all types. There, no food is put out for more than the day of trading. At the end of the day, if not sold, all food is disposed of, usually to local charities. How about matching that Bolton? What a winner that would be. Older Boltonian
  • Score: 4

10:44pm Fri 30 May 14

Ronnies27 says...

what a sad bunch of comments. An independent authority praises our market and the only comments are nasty and negative. It makes you wonder why some people still live in our town as they are obviously so unhappy with it.
what a sad bunch of comments. An independent authority praises our market and the only comments are nasty and negative. It makes you wonder why some people still live in our town as they are obviously so unhappy with it. Ronnies27
  • Score: 4

3:39pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Gore Seer says...

Pay Me And I Will Praise The Market. What A Fantastic Market That's £200 More Money Better Praise.
Pay Me And I Will Praise The Market. What A Fantastic Market That's £200 More Money Better Praise. Gore Seer
  • Score: 1

7:53pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Sickandtiredoffit says...

X = Uknown quantity Spurt a drip under pressure I think the Xspurts got this a tad wrong a pub in the middle selling cheap beer and a few nice stalls does not make it the best in the country the meat and veg stalls are ok but again not a world beater trade xspurts my ar#e
X = Uknown quantity Spurt a drip under pressure I think the Xspurts got this a tad wrong a pub in the middle selling cheap beer and a few nice stalls does not make it the best in the country the meat and veg stalls are ok but again not a world beater trade xspurts my ar#e Sickandtiredoffit
  • Score: 0

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