VIDEO: Barnsley Bards writes new Sheffield market charter - HEAR EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK

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NAR then - let’s mek a charter!

Wordsmith Ian McMillan is collaborating with the people of Sheffield to create a new charter to bring the city’s Castle Market into the 21st century.

Ian McMillan, the Bard of Barnsley, at Sheffield's Castle Market where he helping to write of a market charter for the 21st century. Pictured interviewing stall holder, Jeff Fearn of JB Tools

Ian McMillan, the Bard of Barnsley, at Sheffield's Castle Market where he helping to write of a market charter for the 21st century. Pictured interviewing stall holder, Jeff Fearn of JB Tools

And, fittingly, the proud SouthYorkshireman has written the whole thing in heavy Sheffield dialect.

The Barnsley Bard said: “The old charter begins ‘Know ye’ and we thought ‘Nar then’ is something you’d be far more likely to hear coming out of a Sheffielder’s mouth.”

Ian, who celebrates his 57th birthday on Monday, interviewed market traders and members of the public to create the new charter, which will celebrate 700 years of trading at Castle Market as it prepares to move to new premises.

The last charter – written in 1296 – was introduced to formalise the Sheffield market and to assure customers about the standards they should expect.

Ian, from Darfield, said: “We felt it was time to update things and luckily markets are full of fascinating language – with plenty of shouting and barking.

“This will really nicely mark the transition from the old market to the new one.”

The new Castle Market, on The Moor, is due to open later this year. The new charter will be unveiled on the same day.

It is being created as part of Arc Heritage’s Trading Histories, a year-long Heritage Lottery-funded project which aims to record important community history.

Ian said: “The new charter marvels at the bargain price of carbolic soap, touches on the great ‘breadcake’ versus ‘teacake’ debate and, at one point, features the word ‘book’ with as many o’s in it as we dared put.”

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