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Star quality! Market stall display is a festive winner

The famous Cockle Rotunda has been named the best-looking Swansea Market area this Christmas!


The popular zone sells cockles, laverbread and other specialities to thousands of indoor market visitors every week.

Its festive decorations include tinsel, stockings, Santas and reindeer.

It was judged to have the market's best Christmas display Kevin Johns, of Swansea Grand Theatre panto Cinderella. He gave second and third places to the Brontosaurus Vegan Lifestyle Store and the Angler's Mate stall.

Swansea Council's John Burns, the market supervisor, said: "Our traders have really got into the Christmas spirit and the market looks fabulous.

"It's decorated with giant LED teddy bears and nutcrackers; there's a Santa selfie station with social media competition, Christmas trees, Father Christmas and his sleigh.

"Stallholders have made a big effort this year and I encourage shoppers to make the market a key part of their shopping this season."

Swansea Market Traders Federation chairman Chris Evans said: "We're fully behind the competition to find the best dressed stall.

"It's a bit of fun and helps give shoppers more reasons to enjoy Swansea Market which already has over 100 stalls boasting a wide selection of fresh, local produce and traditional Welsh goods.

"It makes one of Wales' most celebrated real-life shopping experiences even more colourful, friendly and fun!"

Carol Watts, a Cockle Rotunda trader, said: "It was lovely to see some panto colour in the market!

"There's a lot happening here this festive season and I urge the people of Swansea to come and enjoy it; their custom is really valued by all the stallholders."

Robert Francis-Davies, the council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "The city centre has much to attract shoppers this Christmas - and the indoor market is a wonderful place spend some quality time.

"Congratulations to the winning stallholders in this competition; the extra effort made by traders to attract customers throughout the market is to be applauded."

Swansea Market Sunday opening (10am-4pm) will run at the market until Christmas.

Elsewhere in the city centre, there is free parking after 3pm Monday-Saturday in the St David's multi-storey over the Christmas season - and free parking in council car parks every Sunday.

The Kingsway, being transformed into a people-friendly destination, is clear of roadworks until January 6. 

There are festive attractions such as the Christmas Market, Santa's Grotto and Waterfront Winterland.


Photo: Kevin Johns, of Swansea Grand Theatre panto Cinderella, with indoor market trophy winners Claire Swistun, left, and Carol Watts, of the Cockle Rotunda.





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