People, Places, Business

Neath Market Matters

Neath Market Matters

Neath is set to welcome a 'Making Markets Matter' day as part of a national scheme to entice shoppers into savouring the joys of their local market.

Friday August 10th will see Neath Indoor Market host a day of activities to showcase the 175 year old building and all is has to offer.

The day, which starts at 10am, includes competitions, face painting, free giveaways and games to entertain the whole family. Shoppers are invited to join Master Chef Geoff Tookey on the cookery stand for his demonstrations of easy recipes using produce from the market.

Geoff will be creating dishes, showing the public how easy it is to make tantalising, low cost, healthy dishes. Shoppers can try the taste experience, get a free recipe booklet and have their culinary questions answered.

The event, hosted by the National Market Traders Federation, is part of a national campaign that encourages support for local retail markets.

Now in its sixth year, the 'Making Markets Matter' scheme demonstrates everything markets offer from great fresh food to a central community and social scene. The Federation is encouraging shoppers to change their shopping habits for the good of the local economy, as well as their own pockets.

Neath Port Talbot Council Leader, Cllr Ali Thomas, said: "The council is committed to working with our partners to develop and promote our town centres as vibrant and attractive places to visit and do business. Within this difficult economic climate it is particularly important for all of us to support our local businesses and market traders in order to maintain a thriving and diverse town centre.

"We are aiming to build on recent large scale investment in attractions such as the Gwyn Hall and Victoria Gardens by working as part of the Neath Town Centre Consortium to ensure that Neath is well placed to meet the challenges being faced by High Streets across the country."