People in the district are being asked to support traders by voting for the city's market in a national award.

Charter Market which is located in the city centre has been shortlisted for the Great British Food Award.

The historic market which is more than 1,000 years old could win the title of this year's best food market.

The award celebrates the country's finest cuisine and produce and has been running for seven years.

Voting is open until September 4.

Charter Market which is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays has dozens of food and drinks stalls selling fruit and vegetables, wholefoods and vegan snacks.

Traders also sell takeaways and items such as clothes, shoes, children's toys, novelty gifts and jewellery.

Cllr Mandy McNeil responsible for business, tourism and culture said: "Our market is more than 1,000 years old and it is not just a much loved attraction, but an essential part of our great city.

"It makes St Albans a vibrant destination for residents and visitors alike encouraging thousands of people to come to the city centre at weekends and during the week too."

St Albans District Council said the market has been open throughout lockdown as many traders sell essential food supplies.

But only food stalls were allowed open and measures were taken to ensure social distancing.

Cllr McNeil added: "I'm asking our community to show their support for our fabulous traders, many of whom have been working during the Covid-19 pandemic to help showcase St Albans nationally by voting for the market.

"A win would provide a marvellous boost for our local economy as we will be able to boast that we have the best food market in the country."