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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Customers flock to turkey sales

FAMILIES across the area will be tucking into Cumbrian turkeys and other in-demand produce this Christmas following two successful events.

The annual turkey sale saw about 150 birds go under the hammer at Hopes in Wigton – and all were snapped up.

Auctioneer David Bowman said there were about three people for every turkey on sale, and prices were strong.

“It was £2.50 to £3 a pound, which was tremendous. The best it’s been for five or six years,” he explained.

“It’s mainly families who want a bird for Christmas or maybe something extra to go in the freezer. For a lot of people it’s tradition.”

Yesterday’s turkey sale followed the success of Brampton’s Christmas Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

Despite bad weather, which forced the closure of the craft stalls, happy shoppers turned out to support local traders in the run up to Christmas.

They filled their baskets with all kinds of festive treats, including locally-produced cheese, meat and fish, and freshly made pies.

Hungry crowds also gathered for the barbecue, which saw produce from various stalls cooked up a treat.

Although there is a farmers’ market in Brampton every month, three times a year it goes one step further by bringing in local craftspeople and putting on live music.

Heather Tipley, from Sustainable Brampton, said unfortunately the weather conditions were so bad they had to close some stalls. But the food market was able to continue and did very well.

“It was disappointing but it was so windy and wet there was nothing else we could do but close down the crafts. All their stuff was blowing away and getting wet,” she said.

“But the food stalls were a bit more sheltered and overall the event was very well supported despite the weather.”

The market, in the town centre, also featured a performance by the Hayton School choir, who stood on the steps of the Moot Hall and sang.

PMcGowan@cngroup.co.uk

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