Revamped Harborough Market is officially opened

The refurbished market hall
The refurbished market hall

Shoppers, dignitaries and two celebrity guests filled the newly-refurbished indoor market to celebrate its £480,000 revamp.

The event at the recently re-branded Harborough Market in Northampton Road saw hundreds of people turn up throughout the day to see how the building has been redeveloped, as well as join in with some of the activities laid on.

The special guests were chef Stephanie Moon from TV’s Great British Menu who carried out cooking demonstrations and tastings, and Adam Corbally, a former market trader and 2012 contestant on BBC’s The Apprentice.

The revamp of the Harborough District Council-owned building includes a new layout and food hall, public toilets accessible from inside, improved lighting and better entrances and signs.

The district council’s chairman Geraldine Robinson officially declared the market open by ringing a bell – a tradition dating back many years.

Shoppers also had a chance to ask Mr Corbally about his time on The Apprentice.

A children’s Easter bonnet competition was held, with each entrant receiving an Easter egg. The winner of the top prize of a bike was Harvey Weiss (6) whose sheep bonnet was judged as the best by Mr Corbally.

The former Apprentice candidate said: “This market has got it just right with a great mix of traders and goods on offer.

“The key to a good market is to evolve and this is a great example of how a market can change for the better.

“People I’ve met here are being very positive and shoppers are spending which is important.”

The market is also now open six days a week with the general market open from 8am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturdays, with the antiques market from 9am to 3pm on Sundays.