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BRITAIN'S BEST: Let's return Dewsbury Market to the top of the tree.
BRITAIN'S BEST: Let's return Dewsbury Market to the top of the tree.
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it’s your chance to vote Dewsbury Market as the nation’s favourite!

The Reporter is backing the town’s traditional trading hub in the National Association of British market Authorities’ annual awards, hoping it can recapture the crown it last won in 2007.

Traders are confident the market has got what it takes to reclaim its place at the top of the tree.

Janet Wilby, of Wilby’s Curtains, is continuing a family tradition of more than a century and regularly sees the market from both sides of her stall.

She said: “It’s good old-fashioned market. I’ve done all my Christmas shopping here.

“There’s a big variety of stalls and loads of bargains to be had.”

Her sentiments were this week echoed by another long-serving trader, Joan Gibson, who has been in charge of her sewing materials stall, Cotton Pickers, for 34 years.

She said: “A lot of markets aren’t what they used to be but Dewsbury is still a great little place.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years but customers say it’s probably the best one around.”

The manager of Elliott’s cooked meat stall, Melanie Rowthorne, has only been in charge for 18 months but appreciates the market’s great tradition.

She said: “This stall has been here for years and years, like a lot of them.

“We’re all super friendly and like to do the best for our customers.

“It’s a place you can get good quality produce at a good price.”

Voting at closes on December 31.

• Click the link on the top right to vote for Dewsbury Market.