St George’s Market celebrates 120 years of trading
St George’s Market, one of Belfast’s most loved and historic visitor attractions, is preparing to celebrate 120 years of trading on Friday, 3 June.
To coincide, Friday, 3 June is also the first day of St George’s Market’s extended trading until 3pm, which has been introduced in response to customer demand.
St George’s Market will now be open for business every Friday from 6am until 3pm and there’ll be celebrations on Friday, 3 June from 9am – 3pm, with live entertainment and spot prizes up for grabs.
Lord Mayor Councillor Arder Carson commented: “This is a really special time for St George’s and we want to invite as many people as possible to come and help us celebrate this much loved Belfast landmark next Friday.
“As well as being a thriving market, and a fantastic spot for meeting, socializing and being entertained, St George’s is a focal point for enterprise and for our community. The history of this place is amazing. A number of market traders are second, third and fourth generation. Indeed, one of our fruit and veg traders, Jim Murdoch’s grandfather, James Megaghan, helped to ensure that the market was built. Jim himself has been working at St George’s for an incredible 60 years – and he still loves it!
“The extended opening hours will allow visitors even more time to soak up and enjoy all that our market has to offer. With live music every weekend, over 248 traders and almost one million visitors through the doors in 2015, St George’s Market really is going from strength to strength – and it’s top of everyone’s must-see lists when they visit Belfast.”
From 9am – 12 noon on Friday, 3 June, Frank Mitchell’s U105.8fm radio show will be broadcasting live and giving away a number of spot prizes.
St George’s was named the UK’s Best Large Indoor Market 2014 by the National Association of British Market Authorities, beating off stiff competition from internationally renowned markets like Spitalfields, Billingsgate and Borough. It was also voted the nation’s favourite Heritage project in the 2014 National Lottery Awards.
For further information on market opening times, traders and special events, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/markets