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Love is in the air at Leek's markets this May

Love is definitely in the air for Leek's indoor and outdoor markets this month!

It's 'Love Your Local Market' fortnight from 17 to 31 May and, with the countdown now well underway for the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May, there's plenty to celebrate - including the launch of a new Farmers Market on the big day itself.

The new market will host some of the finest local food and craft makers in the region which, alongside Archer Fairs very popular Craft, Collectors and Vintage Market, live music, children's entertainment and more, will help to get the celebrations off to a great start.

Staffordshire Moorlands is investing in Leek's markets in recognition of the significant contribution they make to the local economy and vibrancy of the town with projects to refurbish the indoor markets and rebrand the markets with a contemporary new logo featuring the history and heritage of the Victorian buildings.

Limited edition shopping bags featuring the new logo will be given away for free on 19 May and the new indoor market loyalty card is also being launched on the day.

Councillor Edwin Wain, Cabinet member for planning, development and property at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: "Good food is at the heart of any celebration so the Royal wedding is the ideal time to launch our new Farmers Market which offers fine locally produced food and drink to help parties go with a swing.

"But, of course, our markets have more to offer every week of the year and we're delighted with the continuing growth of Leek's indoor and outdoor markets. Markets boost the vibrancy and economy of towns and the Council's ongoing investment and support for traders here in Leek means we can look forward to a bright future."

Every purchase over £5 in the Buttermarket on Wednesdays, Fridays or Saturdays and the Trestle Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays qualifies for a loyalty card stamp and holders who collect nine stamps are entered into a monthly draw to win £50 of indoor market vouchers.

And during 'Love Your Local Markets' fortnight all purchases over £5 will qualify for double stamps - so don't delay get hold of yours on Saturday 19 May and start sharing the love!