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Events Great British market week

From tomorrow, markets across the country will be staging events to celebrate Great British Market Week. In Ludlow, Shropshire there will be competitions for traders in historic costume. Dudley market in Worcestershire is holding a Jazz contest, and Ards, Northern Ireland will have a horse fair. A radio show and street entertainers are being laid on in Wolverhampton, and Grimsby is holding a fancy dress competition. In Stockport there's a children's art exhibition. Karate demonstrations and Punch & Judy shows will entertain shoppers in Cleveland. Northampton's offerings are rather more sedate, an antiques roadshow and cookery demonstration. Mansfield Market, Notts, has a fashion show starring the former Miss UK, and a footie match between council and market traders. Knobbly knees, bonny babies, flower arranging, miniature gardens and pets competitions are on the menu in Corby, Northants. Longsight market, nr Manchester celebrates the 150th anniversary of its market charter and traders will be dressing up in period costumes and shouting their wares.

For information about national events call 01226-749021

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Wine glass grippers, pounds 5.99 for a set of four

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