Whitecross Street and Chapel Market traders crowned top
Islington market traders recognised for their hard work
24 November, 2017 — By Helen Chapman
Comedian Su Pollard with the Mayor of Islington and market traders Dave Jackson and Serpil Erce
TWO stallholders renowned for dishing out shoppers their five- a-day fruit and veg have been voted Market Trader of the Year, writes Helen Chapman.
Residents, shoppers and visitors from across Islington voted for their favourite traders, with the winners getting £150 off their ground rent.
Serpil Erce won the takeaway food category for the salads served at her stall, Sunny Olive Tree at Whitecross Street Market.
Meanwhile, fruit and veg seller Dave Jackson, based at Chapel Market, won the general market goods category.
Comedy actress and singer Su Pollard presented them with their prizes at the Chapel Market Christmas light switch- on event on Saturday.
Customer Annie Denny said she nominated Ms Erce for her “service with a smile, and healthy food that gets us to eat our five-a-day”.
Rob Walters nominated Mr Jackson because of his “lovely fresh veg and fruit. A nice guy who is pleasant and always cheerful.”
Both shoppers will receive £50 to spend at their chosen trader’s stall for taking part.
Cabinet councillor Asima Shaikh said: “It’s fantastic to see so many residents and visitors across Islington get behind our competition by voting for their favourite street trader. It just goes to prove that Islington’s markets are treasured by many people and are great places to visit and shop.”
Highly commended by the judges were Stephane Barette, who runs Whitecross Coffee at Whitecross Street, and Jeffrey Heller, who has a clothes stall at Chapel Market.
The Market Trader of the Year 2017 competition was open to all traders directly licensed by Islington Council at the four council-run markets – Camden Passage, Chapel Market, Exmouth Market and Whitecross Street.