There have been markets and fairs in Melton Mowbray since at least Saxon times, most likely for around 1,500 years. The market is the third oldest recorded market in the country and the only market in the whole of Leicestershire (including Leicester) to have been recorded in the Domesday book of 1086.
The town was formally granted a Market Charter in 1324 by Edward II and it has been held on a Tuesday ever since. The rights to the Market Charter and the title of Lord of the Manor were bought by the Melton Mowbray Town Estate in 1850.
It is intended to run a Fair (Melton Royal Fair) during the period of the Platinum Jubilee – details are to follow. It will follow a similar model to the popular Victorian Christmas Fair and consist of food, craft and other stalls in the centre of the town.
It is proposed to employ re-enactors to dress as each of the Kings and Queens who have visited Melton.
Previous Royal Jubilees have included a parade, sometimes with floats, which could be led by the re-enactors ‘A Parade of Kings’ and include in the parade notable organisations in the Borough such as the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Borough Mayor, Town Estate Senior Warden, vintage cars etc and also, as in the past, members of the public including children dressed as historic figures. Prizes for the best dressed could be awarded following the parade.
More details are to follow regarding this programme.