Historic market celebrates 1,000 years of trading

The self-proclaimed "oldest market in Kent" is celebrating its 1,000th anniversary.

Faversham market has been mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and it's organisers believe it was running before then.

On Sunday a special Millennium Market will take place incorporating market stalls, street entertainment and children's activities.

Ima Rix, one of the event organisers, said: "It's a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate Faversham and its heritage."

Faversham Market is run by a co-operative of stall holders and local volunteers.

Ms Rix said: "We are all very proud to be the custodians of the market.

"And we all hope it will be around to celebrate another 1,000 years."

One of the main attraction on the day will be the appearance of the horse-bound Black Knight of Faversham, a character believed to date back to medieval times.

There will also be birds of prey, stocks, stilt-walking and jesters.

Organisers are also hosting a programme of hands-on historical activities giving visitors the chance to play medieval board games or try their hand at traditional skills such as calligraphy or wheat weaving.

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