Farm foods a big hit with Sunderland shoppers

Stallholder David Mellanby with some of his fresh produce at the Farmers' Market at Park Lane.
Stallholder David Mellanby with some of his fresh produce at the Farmers' Market at Park Lane.
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SHOPPERS swarmed to Park Lane to visit a market which has skirted an ancient law to become a huge success.

SHOPPERS swarmed to Park Lane to visit a market which has skirted an ancient law to become a huge success.

Customers at the Farmers' Market on Park Lane on Friday.

Customers at the Farmers' Market on Park Lane on Friday.

 The Farmers’ Market featured fresh local produce, seasonal vegetables, regional cheeses and tempting sweet things.

 It’s the latest market of its kind to be held in Sunderland city centre after a medieval law previously prevented such a venture.

 South Shields was given permission to hold a market in the 1200s – and South Tyneside Council has used the law to bar a market in Sunderland city centre since. However, Park Lane is outside the market charter limit.

 Since the first Farmers’ Market was held in late 2009, they’ve become a popular feature with more planned for the future.