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Market plans under debate.

Plans to give an 800-year-old weekly market a new lease of life are being put to the public.

The proposals for Morpeth's Wednesday market, which has been run since a market charter was granted by King John in 1199, include relocation, improved promotion and a wider variety of stalls.

The market is held in the Back Riggs car park behind the Sanderson Arcade, and the number of stalls ranges from ten to 20.

Castle Morpeth Borough Council set up a partnership for developing a strategy for the weekly market and monthly farmers' markets in Morpeth and Ponteland last summer.

The partnership's preferred new location is the Market Place on the corner of the main shopping streets, Bridge Street and Newgate Street.

Coun Doug Phillips said: "It has been obvious for some time that the weekly Wednesday market has been in need of a relaunch, and the proposals could give the market a new lease of life."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 17, 2005
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