They have been part of our local community for many hundreds of years.

Now markets are in need of a shot in the arm, to boost trading.

That’s why Kirklees Council are coming up with a range of initiatives along with over 1,000 markets across the country in May 2016, to raise awareness of market trading and market shopping - including free stalls for young people and would-be traders.

The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA), backed by Central Government and the wider market industry, is leading the national ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaign.

The campaign aims to attract new market traders and also aims to highlight the importance that markets play in the heart of the local community, not only for retail but as a valuable community asset and a focal point for many of our town centres.

Queensgate Market, Huddersfield.

On Sunday, May 8, Kirklees will kick off the promotion of the Love Your Local Market campaign by holding three markets in Huddersfield: Queensgate Market, the Alternative Youth Market and Upmarket Sunday at Brook Street Market.

A Kirklees spokesman said: “Having won three NAMBA awards for best markets since 2007, Kirklees Council take great pride in the work they do to encourage new start-up businesses and also to support and grow existing businesses.

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“Over the LYLM fortnight, the council will be offering free trading opportunities in three of the borough’s towns.

“At the Dewsbury Market, which is the largest open market in Yorkshire, free stalls are being made available to young entrepreneurs aged from 13-29 years. They will be available on May 18, 21, 25 and 28.

“This is part of the Alternative Market project managed by Kirklees Council which has supported over 200 young people since it started in 2014.

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“At Queensgate Market in Huddersfield, Kirklees Council are offering two free pop-up shops for a month, to businesses looking to have a taster at life in a six day a week indoor market.

“In Holmfirth, free taster stalls are available to pre-book on Thursdays May 19 and 26.”

Anyone who is interested in any of these opportunities should email markets@kirklees.gov.uk subject LYLM2016

The Queensgate Market Hall, which has over 100 stalls, replaced the old Huddersfield Market Hall, which was demolished in 1970.

Huddersfield still has the outdoor market in Brook Street, which moved there from its former home in Ray Street.

And, of course, there were the cattle markets in Great Northern Street.

Queensgate Market, Huddersfield.