Alston is set to re-establish its claim as the highest market town in England on Saturday as a dozen traders are expected for its first outdoor event in at least 40 years.
Since January, Alston Moor Business Association has been working behind the scenes with Cumbria County Council and a proactive group of local traders to bring back the outdoor market to town.
Next month work is expected to start on replacing the cobbles on Alston’s Front Street and the idea behind hosting the monthly market throughout the summer is that it will send out a clear message that the town is “open for business” despite the temporary road closure being in place.
A spokeswoman said: “It is hoped that future markets will attract even more stallholders and the ultimate objective is to establish a permanent and regular outdoor market in Alston.”
The market will run in the town centre until September on the last Saturday of the month from 9am to 2pm and free parking is available.
Attractions are set to include music at the Market Cross from 11am and discovery trails around the town.