Heritage award for St George's market

Published Friday, 22 August 2014
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St George's market in Belfast has been named as the UK's best heritage project in the National Lottery Awards.

The market, which is one of the city's oldest visitor attractions, picked up 4,355 votes to win the award for the nation's favourite National Lottery project.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon announced the news during a surprise visit on Friday.

"Just like everyone in Belfast, we in the council are fiercely proud of St George's Market, and it is great news for us to see it recognised in this way by not only the National Lottery but the many, many people who voted in the awards," the SDLP councillor said.

St George's Market dates back to the 1890s. It reopened its Victorian doorways in 1999 after it was renovated and restored with help from lottery funding of over £2m.

The market houses more than 170 traders and operates every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, welcoming around 600,000 visitors each year.

It sustains 385 jobs and generates an estimated £15m annually for the Belfast economy.

Ms Mallon continued: "I would like to pay tribute to the market staff for all their hard work over the past 15 years, and in particular to our traders.

"Without them we would not have the magnificent market that we have today. It is my hope that this magnificent award will serve as a catalyst for even greater achievements in the future."

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