DAY two of Bolton’s revamped market saw shoppers treated to a number of different activities in the lifestyle hall.
Bolton Market re-opened on Friday — Valentines Day — in a blaze of loved-up glory with celebrities and council chiefs praising the end result of the £4.5 million project.
On Saturday, the celebrations continued as customers watched more food demonstrations, received well-being advice and sampled various produce available to buy in the new-look market.
Chef Jon Jones, from the Farmers Arms, whetted the appetites of morning shoppers with his demonstration of chocolate brownie with Vimto berries and Crunchie-style honeycomb topping.
He was followed later by Nick Cullen from Nick’s Restaurant in Chorley Old Road, and Luciano from Luciano’s Italian restaurant in Chorley.
The Great Ale Year Round pub welcomed Carley Friedrich from family-run brewers Brightside to give a talk about how ale is made from hops and malt.
Joan Burrage, who runs the market’s Wellbeing Project, organised a health fair for residents to learn about healthy eating and keeping active, and offered customers the chance to get their height and weight checked.
Children also had another chance to have their face painted for free, and mascot Jimmy the Fishmonger was on hand to welcome shoppers to the revitalised surroundings.
Jackie Casey, general manager at the market, said: “It’s been a fantastic couple of days. Following on from Friday’s success we’ve had three more cooking demos from three fantastic chefs from the area.
“We’ve also had Joan from the Wellbeing Project who has set up a health fair where people can go and learn about living a healthy lifestyle.
“We have a great mix of traders now, as well as wi-fi for customers and traders alike. Plus we are giving traders the opportunity to sell online on the days that the market isn’t open using our click and collect service. In fact, Great Ale has already had its first order.
“We wanted to retain that market feel and the atmosphere, but we also wanted to upgrade and give traders a better opportunity to show their produce in a better way — and of course entice new people to come and see what we have to offer.
“It’s exciting times for the market — onwards and upwards.”