Picture (from left to right): Tamara, Cllr Julie Ward, Emma, Nigel the bag man and Dilly of Divine Meals
The post Christmas blues were well and truly swept away for Tamara Donaldson from Berryfields and Emma Valentine from Buckingham Park, when they were told they were the lucky winners of the Aylesbury Markets ’12 Days of Christmas’ competition – which won each of them a fabulous array of products, gift and ‘money off’ vouchers donated by Aylesbury markets stall holders.
The prizes reflected the huge choice and value for money that is available to any visitors to the Aylesbury Markets, that run four days a week in Market Square: Tuesday Vintage & Craft Bazaar; Wednesday General Market; Friday Foodie Friday and General Market and Saturday General Market.
Tamara’s first prize included a £100 voucher from Go Greek, lunch for two from Fresh from Desh, a vinyl record and voucher from Turn Table Records and a range of Eco Bonobo products.
And Emma won, among other things, two luxury pillows from Tariq, a pair of gloves from Cosmi Clothing, a £40 voucher from Nigel the bag man, a £15 voucher from Keith’s Flowers and a range of food vouchers and meal offers.
Both were very excited to win the competition.
“I never win anything”, said Emma, “so when I got the phone call to say I had won the second prize, I thought it was a friend having a joke with me!” Emma visits the markets regularly and especially like to treat herself on a Saturday with flowers from Keith’s Flowers.
Tamara too is a regular visitor to the markets: “I particularly like to be able to pick my own fruit and veg and not have it pre-packed. When they are in season my children love to sit on the steps by Friars Square Shopping Centre, people watching and eating cherries”, she said. Tamara also commented on the Aylesbury markets Facebook page: “it’s great”, she said. ”not only is it a useful reminder, there is news about new traders, special events and I particularly like the recipes – it encourages me to be a little more adventurous with my food buying.”
Councillor Julie Ward, AVDC Cabinet Member for Civic Amenities, was on hand to give Tamara and Emma their prizes and expressed her gratitude the market traders who had made contributions: “The 12 Days of Christmas campaign was a great success”, she said, “it has raised the profile of the Aylesbury Markets Facebook page and we are seeing a lot more people visiting each week to find out what is happening at the markets.
“I also want to thank the markets team and all the traders that are continuing to support the markets and make them a great attraction for town centre shoppers.
“I really hope that Tamara and Emma enjoy their prizes and find out even more about the wonderful offers available to all market visitors.”
To find out more about Aylesbury Markets go to: www.facebook.com/Aylesburymarkettraders
If you are interested in becoming a market trader go to: https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/information-markets-vale or call 01296 585880 and speak to a member of the Markets Team