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GALLERY: A piece of Gravesend's history reopened to the public at the weekend...

PUBLISHED: 11:11 05 December 2016 | UPDATED: 11:11 05 December 2016

Gravesend Borough Market

Gravesend Borough Market

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The newly refurbished market reopened on Saturday

Shoppers were in for an early Christmas present after a market over 700-years-old reopened.

Doors on the Gravesend’s historic charter market opened at 10am on Saturday following a parade through the town.

Mayor Greta Goatley opened the 13th century market hall by cutting a ribbon and then knocking on the market doors three times as is tradition.

Alongside the mayor and her mayoress was the council’s cabinet member for business development Samir Jassal.

Cllr Jassal said: “The newly refurbished market hall was absolutely packed on its opening day and you could really feel the energy and buzz among traders and shoppers.

“Our vision of a bustling market hall has become a reality and we hope many more people will come and support the town’s market.

“We’ve really got a market to be proud of her and even after one day we know it has already surpassed the previous market offering.”

Renovation works totalling £1.8million first began in February, following a grant from the government’s coastal communities fund.

Finishing touches to perfect the town’s new-look attraction will be added early next year.

The market was one of several in the town to take on a Christmas theme at the weekend, as shoppers continue to hunt for items during the festive period.

Music filled the air throughout the town as shoppers hopped from one market too another.

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