Bell will be ringing out for Sheffield’s new market day

The new markets building
The new markets building
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Hear ye, hear ye – the past will meet the present when a centuries-old tradition is used to mark the opening of Sheffield’s new Moor Market.

A bell once used to signal the buying and selling of corn in the city is set to ring out again after being rescued from a hidden corner of the soon-to-be demolished Castle Market.

The antique, which hung in the old Norfolk Market Hall from 1851 to 1959, will form a key part of the celebrations on Monday.

Renee Granelli, whose family has been selling ice cream and sweets to Sheffield residents for 130 years, and Anton Smith, one of the new traders at the Moor Market, have been invited to do the honours and ring the bell for the first time in 54 years to declare the £17 million market open for business.

Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore and Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Vickie Priestley will then unveil a plaque commemorating the opening ceremony.

Coun Dore said: “Even before the new building opens there is a definite buzz about the place.

“To be investing in a new market and safeguarding and creating jobs and opportunities for small businesses during the current economic climate is a fantastic achievement for Sheffield.”

The ceremony will begin at 10am on Monday.