IN a major boost for the region's farming industry, a brand new £5.5 million livestock auction mart is set to be officially opened in one Yorkshire Dales town next month.
Thirsk, which has hosted a livestock market since medieval times, is the home for the new facility. The towns Farmers' Auction Mart began sales at its previous home along Station Road in 1907 but recently move to state of the art premises at the 20 acre Thirsk Rural Business Centre.
I am sure farmers and auctioneers alike will have fond memories of the original Auction Mart which has been around for so many years
Anne McIntosh - Vale of York MP
Anne McIntosh, MP for the Vale of York will be officially opening the new Auction Mart on the 5th October.
Miss McIntosh said: "I am looking forward to opening the new Auction Mart in Thirsk. The Auction Mart itself is an important part of farmer's livelihoods and the new facilities are an exciting prospect for all concerned.
"I am sure farmers and auctioneers alike will have fond memories of the original Auction Mart which has been around for so many years. The new Rural Business Centre is an important step in the right direction and will ensure that sheep and cattle farmers continue to prosper in the coming years.
I would like to thank the Chairman, Harry Woodhead for his kind invitation to open this Rural Business Centre and extend my warm thanks to all those who have been involved in getting this project off the ground. I will look forward to visiting the site again in the coming years."
The development, which took 3 years of planning, now means that Thirsk is home to the largest livestock market in North Yorkshire with two sales rings and a number of agricultural related businesses based on-site.