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Sedbergh celebrates its market town heritage

[Monday 07 August 2006]

WITH its hustle and bustle and all manner of goods on offer the market is central to many a Yorkshire Dales town, and later this month Sedbergh will be celebrating the rich history of its market stretching back almost 800 years.

The Charter Market Fair takes place in the town centre on Saturday 26th August when a plaque will be unveiled to acknowledge the granting of Sedbergh's two market charters - one from Henry III in 1251 and one from Henry VI in 1538.

Beginning at 10:30 in the morning in the Joss Lane carpark the event promises to be a real traditional country event with a mixture of market and merry making, music and Morris, stalls and side shows.

To add that extra colour to the days proceedings many locals and stall holders will be in costume for any period from medieval onwards to portray the market's existence from 1251 to the present day.

A number of stalls are still available and organisers at Sedbergh Chamber of Trade are looking for local producers - food producers, craft producers, and anyone who works in the Yorkshire Dales - who would like to hire a stall for the day.

The town is also starting to develop a Producer's Market which will run once a month on Wednesdays starting from about Easter 2007 and stalls are available to hire for this event as well.

If you would like to hire a stall or you require further information call Carole Nelson on 01539 620034 or email cnagency@homecall.co.uk

For more information on events taking place in Sedbergh visit www.sedbergh.org.uk

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