FREE food tastings and other giveaways will be on offer in March market next Saturday (February 16) when Fenland District Council stages the first event in a new “love your market” promotional campaign.

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It will be launched at 9.30am by Councillor Pop Jolley, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for markets.

“Is something missing from your local market?” the campaign asks. “Are you?”

Cllr Jolley said: “Today more than ever the challenges from supermarkets and Internet shopping mean we need to re-focus attention on our community markets and back them.

“They play a vital role in supporting the local economy. The footfall they generate boosts the whole town centre, giving other shops and businesses a chance to benefit.

“Markets also provide a different kind of shopping experience. Not only do they enable people to get fresh seasonal produce and a wide range of other goods and services; they also give them the chance to engage in a very personal way with traders and exchange a bit of friendly banter.

“That’s why we’re doing all we can to promote them. The message we want to get across is ’think local, buy local and eat local’.”

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