Widnes Market was turned into a fashion Mecca for the day, complete with red carpet, recycled costumes and clothes from everyday objects found on stalls.
The event, part of Love Your Local Market fortnight, (#LYLM2013) was a partnership between the stallholders, Halton Borough Council and local community interest company, The Style Factory.
As well as using the fashion clothing, accessories and shoes available from the market, items from some of the more household style of stalls were brought to life on the red carpet catwalk show.
These included an outfit made from sweets, one from pet treats, one from fishing tackle and a wedding dress made from curtains!
Dozens of shoppers and stallholders came and lined the catwalk taking pictures – adding to the realism.
Between Wednesday 15 and Wednesday 29 May the Halton Borough Council run venue is acting as a community hub, where residents can get information and advice.
Widnes is offering two stalls for £10 on the outdoor market and Runcorn offering the same deal for any new stall holders who attend the street market on Tuesdays.
So far Widnes has five new traders attending.
During the fortnight, various community groups and stall holders are holding advice workshops and manning stalls to allow customers to have an informal chat.
Groups include Halton Borough Council ‘s Adult Learning, Libraries, Children’s Centre and Fostering and Adoption. Halton Housing Trust, Cheshire Police and an NHS healthy eating team will also be there.
The Fishing Cabin will be running workshops for novices and some for the more advanced, while KC Homebrew will be hosting workshops on beer and winemaking.
Over in Runcorn, the Tuesday Street market will host a pop up library and also activities and advice stalls run by the local Halton Borough Council Children’s Centres.
Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for the Physical Environment, Cllr Ron Hignett, said the events were aimed to help people realise what markets have to offer.
He said: “It just goes to show what a fantastic and diverse range of stalls and activities happen in our markets.
“As usual they provide the community hub to both towns, but they also provide excellent value for money and now, some of the best fashions in the area as well.”
Graham Wilson OBE, Chief Executive of the National Association of British Market Authorities said “Love Your Local Market is the biggest market event in a generation.
“It gives people the chance of a new career and demonstrates how important the market is to the local community.”
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