Turkeys to be auctioned off in Melton town centre as market tradition is revived after more than a century

Melton Market manager and auctioneer Tim Webster in action EMN-151215-194010001

Melton Market manager and auctioneer Tim Webster in action EMN-151215-194010001

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A tradition going back more than 100 years will be revived in Melton’s Market Place on Saturday when 50 long-legged turkeys are auctioned off.

The special ‘Ye Olde Turkey Fayre’ will get under way at 11am, with maybe some geese available too.

Melton Market manager and auctioneer Tim Webster said: “It’s the first time this has been done in over 100 years. We’re trying to bring a bit of the market back into the town.

“The Town Estate are on board with it and we’re trying to get the local butchers on board as well. We’re not trying to make money out of it but it’s a way of promoting the market and forming a bit of a bridge between the market and the town. We want to get everyone involved and, if the auction takes off, maybe next year we’ll have some more animals there.”

For more about the cattle market and future events, including the Christmas poultry sales, see the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Melton-Mowbray-Cattle-Market-1647170038852964/timeline/?ref=hl