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Cheryl and Rebecca Whittaker get into the Christmas spirit at Leyland Market
Cheryl and Rebecca Whittaker get into the Christmas spirit at Leyland Market

Getting ready to buy those all-important ingredients for a slap-up Christmas dinner? Look no further than Leyland Market, says reporter KAY TAYLOR.

Leyland Market traders are preparing for a busy weekend as they expect a deluge of people to flock to their stalls to buy everything they need for a perfect Christmas dinner this year.

Whittaker’s Quality Butchers, a family firm which has been trading in Leyland for more than 40 years, is supplying a range of meats fit for a family feast this week.

Rebecca Whittaker said: “People still like the traditional turkey, so we have plenty of those, and gammon is also very popular.

“We havesome other things in especially for Christmas too, such as pork with crackling, pigs in blankets, geese and duck.

“Everything is fresh and local, and we’re always very busy at this time of year.

“The Christmas weekend is always the best time of year for us, and everyone is in good spirits. Some traders dress up and there are singers and brass bands on Saturday.

“There is free parking behind the market too in the run-up to Christmas, so I think that will be a welcome boost for shoppers.”

Ann Whittle, from The Cheese Cabin, boasts she’s selling the best mince pies in town.

“We’ve got lots of nice things in for Christmas,” she said.

“We’re offering fancy cheeses for people’s cheese boards, and luxury fruit chutneys, such as Brandy and Champagne.

“We also sell pâté, and the best mince pies in Leyland.”

She added: “The market is always very busy and bustling the week before Christmas, with people looking for something a bit special.”

David Cookson (pictured left) will also be on hand on his stall outside the market entrance off Hough Lane, selling those vital veg classics such as sprouts and spuds.

The market is open from Thursday up until Christmas Eve from 8.30am until 4.30pm.