Medieval market record crowds

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CHESTERFIELD town centre was transported back in time to attract record-breaking crowds as people flocked to an event right out of the Middle Ages.

More than 20 coaches brought some of the thousands who packed into the famous market place to see an array of medieval entertainment.

A highlight of the event saw a medieval encampment in the grounds of the town’s famous Crooked Spire Church. where knights and archers did battle.

There was a court jester to make people laugh as well as beggars and even an appearance from King John, who granted Chesterfield’s Market Charter more than 800 years ago.

Traders in fancy dress were selling all manner of wares - from homemade cakes and preserves to books, plants and bric-a-brac – all to help raise funds for charity.

The day also featured a visit from Epico the red dragon, and a display of medieval medicine at the museum.

Market manager Andy Bond said: “The market traders did an excellent job. People talk about the event all year and we always seem to be lucky with the weather.”

The best dressed competition was won by three charities. The first prize of £100 went to SSAFA and joint second of £50 went to the Scout Network and Shackelton Trust.