WE are taking a look at some pictures from The Mail archive of Barrow market as it celebrates the Love Your Local Market campaign until the end of the month.

The market hall, opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1971, has several events planned at the Portland Walk entrance on Wednesday.

There is a Jubilee House tombola, a free family puppet and magic show from 11.30am to 2.30pm and a singing performance by CAST Kids at 2.45pm.

The market has one of Barrow’s largest pieces of artwork to help bring the town’s history and achievements to life.

The Mail, on July 31 in 2000, noted: “A Barrow artist has hit the big time – with an order for a 127ft-long mural.

“Helen Burrow, 36, has been commissioned by Barrow Council to brighten up walls in the town’s indoor market with a £5,000 mural of events in the town’s 20 th century history.

“She is painting eight sections, each 9ft high, depicting historical events of everything from world wars to Barrow winning the Rugby League Challenge Cup and the building of the luxury liner Oriana.”

The Newbarns artist said: “It really does make a difference when you see a lot of public art around the place and it will be nice to see it in Barrow.

“I think the council is doing a lot of good for the market at the moment.

“The new entrance from Portland Walk has made a huge difference already.

“They really seem to be working hard to brighten the place up.”

The Mail, on Monday, March 5 in 2001, noted: “A Furness woman who opened a shop in Barrow’s indoor market last year is now expanding with a second market shop.

“Diane Hewson, 33, of Askam, decided to set up in business after losing her job as manager of the Dalton Road Dorothy Perkins store which closed down last year.

“Last July she opened Cinderella’s in the market specialising in larger-sized clothes for women.

“Now she has opened a second site concentrating on headgear from soft caps to cowboy hats of many colours.”