Borough Council of Wellingborough

Loyal market customer wins top prize

Published Monday, 13 July 2015

One lucky shopper has won a luxury fruit and veg basket after taking part in a competition at Wellingborough Market.

The competition ran during the Love Your Local Market fortnight in May. Customers were given a special loyalty card which needed to be stamped each time they visited the market. They had to collect at least three stamps from different traders on three separate dates to take part.

Paul Hickman won the top prize after his completed loyalty card was selected at random from more than 50 entries.

He collected his prize from stall holder Julian Line of J&P Fresh Fruit & Veg on Saturday.

Dean Granger from Wellingborough Norse, who manage the market on behalf of the council, said: “Love Your Local Market fortnight is a government-backed, national campaign to encourage people all over the country to rediscover and support their local markets.

“We ran a number of activities to help bring more people to our market during the two week campaign, including the loyalty card competition. We’re pleased with how successful it was.

“We’re working hard to encourage more shoppers. The more customers we have, the more we can promote Wellingborough Market as a worthwhile place for new traders to come and set up their businesses, which will be good for everyone.”

Paul Hickman said: “I was really shocked when I got the call to say I’d won. It’s not often you win something, so I’m really pleased.

“We shop at the market a lot and we get all our fruit and veg here as it’s fresh and very competitive. We’ve got visitors with us at the moment and will be making a big fruit salad with our prize.”

Fruit and veg trader Julian Line said: “The loyalty card competition was a brilliant way to encourage people up to the market. We need to do more of these kinds of things to help show people just how much Wellingborough market has to offer.”

Wellingborough Market is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.