We’re walking tall

A FOOD-inspired carnival atmosphere was the order of the day as the town’s new covered market served its first customers.

Market Walk was officially opened by Mayor Tony Branagan – accompanied by Council Leader, John Kingsbury, and Portfolio Holder for Local Markets, Cllr Gary Elson – on Saturday.

CUT ABOVE – Mayor Tony Branagan gives a short speech prior to cutting the ribbon: with him are Mayoress, Mary Branagan, Jonathan Lord MP and Cllr Gary Elson

CUT ABOVE – Mayor Tony Branagan gives a short speech prior to cutting the ribbon: with him are Mayoress, Mary Branagan, Jonathan Lord MP and Cllr Gary Elson

Cllr Kingsbury, said: “Thanks to our continued investment in Woking town centre, we have breathed life into a sparse, drab and unoccupied part of the town, transforming it into a bustling, vibrant hub for small traders offering a range of high quality food and produce that will benefit both traders, visitors and, above all, Woking.”

FLOWER POWER - Jonathan Lord MP with Tia Harding and Simon Downer of the Chelsea Flower Shop

FLOWER POWER – Jonathan Lord MP with Tia Harding and Simon Downer of the Chelsea Flower Shop

As well as special deals only available on the day, visitors to Woking’s newest retail offer were treated to a cornucopia of family fun with entertainment throughout the day.

It included singing market traders, children’s facepainting, a couple of Comedy Chefs and, to tempt the taste buds, live cookery demonstrations using the finest fresh produce from the new market.

FISHING FOR A DEAL – Paul Cheetham buys some mackerel from Woking Quality Fishmonger

FISHING FOR A DEAL – Paul Cheetham buys some mackerel from Woking Quality Fishmonger

Visitors discovered a mix of permanent quality food and fresh produce stalls while enjoying live musical performances by local artists.

Located along the covered walkway between Jubilee Square and the site of the former Bandstand, recently renamed Market Walk, the new site features 15 purpose-built kiosks featuring a range of quality traders, as well as additional demountable seasonal stalls.

Also, new granite paving and state-of-the-art lighting have  created a light, bright and welcoming atmosphere and clutter-free pedestrian route.

HAPPY TRADERS - the Mayor meets the staff at the new Bep Viet stall in Market Walk

HAPPY TRADERS – the Mayor meets the staff at the new Bep Viet stall in Market Walk

Cllr Elson added: “As Portfolio Holder, I am delighted to see that the stunning new covered market in Woking is now open.

“The variety of traders we’ve been able to attract is testament to the commitment made by the Council to relocate it to the heart of the town centre and provide a vibrant, seven-day-a-week market that compliments Woking existing retail offer.”

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