Queen’s re­ward for Trea­cle Mar­ket duo

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

THE pi­o­neer­ing duo be­hind the Trea­cle Mar­ket are among Mac­cles­field res­i­dents named in the Queen’s New Year’s Hon­our’s List.

Jane Munro and Deb­bie Quinn have been awarded the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal (BEM) for ser­vices to busi­ness and the com­mu­nity.

Af­ter run­ning a one-off farmer’s mar­ket at the re­launch of the Barn­aby Fes­ti­val in 2010 the pair saw an op­por­tu­nity and the next month, with a hum­ble hand­ful of stalls, Trea­cle Mar­ket was launched.

It is now an ea­gerly awaited monthly event fea­tur­ing 150 ven­dors which has seen in­creased foot­fall to the town and new shops open on the back of its suc­cess.

It was named as one of the top ten UK Farm­ers Mar­kets by The In­de­pen­dent in 2013 and was short­listed for the BBC Food and Farming Awards for Best Food Mar­ket in 2012.

Deb­bie, 52, of Ed­dis­bury Ter­race, Mac­cles­field, said the pair were ‘chuffed to bits’ by the award.

She said: “We are de­lighted and really proud.

“The mar­ket was just our idea, its suc­cess has been down to the great makers and pro­duc­ers, and the com­mu­nity which has sup­ported it no mat­ter what the weather.”

There was also recog­ni­tion for self­less Sut­ton res­i­dent Christine Eyre who has been awarded the BEM for ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

The 71-year-old served as parish coun­cil­lor from 1988 un­til May 2015 and served as chair­man three times.

Through her role as coun­cil­lor she be­came gov­er­nor at Hollinhey Pri­mary School for 25 years.

Christine, of Mi­nor Av­enue, Lyme Green, was chair of the Sut­ton Parish Mil­len­nium Com­mit­tee, served on the com­mit­tee of St James Church’s Sut­ton Hob Nob Club for over 20 years and or­gan­ises the an­nual sun­flower com­pe­ti­tion.

She

said:

“I

was de­lighted to be nom­i­nated for the award and very hum­bled.

“When you work for the com­mu­nity like me you don’t ex­pect recog­ni­tion like this.”

Christine got in­volved in the com­mu­nity when she moved to Sut­ton af­ter mar­ry­ing her hus­band of 45 years Ken.

She said: “When you live in a beau­ti­ful area like Sut­ton, Lyme Green and Lan­g­ley, you do you best to keep it that way.

“It has been fun be­ing at the cut and thrust of lo­cal pol­i­tics but last May I de­cided it was time to step aside for the next gen­er­a­tion.

“I miss it greatly, but it is time for new blood to take the vil­lages for­ward.”

●● Jane Munro and Deb­bie Quinn, co-founders of the Trea­cle Mar­ket, have been given the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal

●● Christine Eyre, from Sut­ton, was hon­oured for her com­mu­nity work over 27 years

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