THE town of Penrith is celebrating a major milestone in its history.

Penrith marks its 800th anniversary of the awarding of its Market Charter.

The milestone was marked with a special event attended by prominent local officials and dignitaries.

The Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Claire Hensman, was joined by the leader of Westmorland and Furness shadow council, Cllr Jonathan Brook; the leader of Eden District Council, Cllr Virginia Taylor; the chair of Eden District Council, Cllr Douglas Banks; the interim chief executive of Eden District Council, Ian Frost; and Penrith Town Mayor, Charlie Shepherd, to see the market’s latest incarnation in Penrith Town Centre.

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Also present were Fergus McMorrow and Charlie Thornton, Eden District Council’s assistant director for development and economic development.

The Penrith Players dressed up as King Henry III and his queen, Eleanor of Provence. The celebration showcased the latest incarnation of Penrith Market, which has been an important part of the town's history and culture for the past eight centuries.

The history of Penrith Market dates back to 1223 when King Henry III granted the Market Charter.

Today, Penrith Market, held every Tuesday, is managed and supported by Eden District Council and welcomes local traders selling a selection of goods.