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Market set for overhaul.

A market charter granted by King John more than 800 years ago is in line for a new lease of life.

Townsfolk in Morpeth are being invited to say how they would like to see their weekly market develop in the future.

Proposals already drawn up include relocating it, improving promotion for it and drawing in a wider variety of stalls.

The weekly market has run since a charter for it was granted by King John to Roger de Merlay in 1199.

But lately its fortunes have diminished and now the number of stalls range from 10 to 20, which are set up on Wednesdays in Back Riggs car park.

Castle Morpeth Borough Council set up a partnership with Morpeth Chamber of Trade, Defra, Business Link, Morpeth Pride, Northumberland County Council and Morpeth Town Council.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 26, 2005
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