Melton Borough Council

The Princess Royal to open new cattle building

Published Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

Melton Mowbray Market and the Council are honoured to announce that Princess Anne will be coming to the Borough on the 7th March to open a new state of the art Cattle building at the Market.  

The future of the Market was recently secured with the Council’s help, which recognised its importance to the town and the region with a £5.5m investment in a new cattle building which included a contribution of £3.5m from the Leicester and Leicestershire  Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).  The event also celebrates the collaborative work between the Council and the market operator, Gillstream Markets Ltd, in successfully bringing this expansion to the town’s landmark facility. 

Leader of the Council, Cllr Joe Orson said:
“We are delighted that The Princess Royal will be officially opening the new cattle building at Melton Mowbray Market.  We are very proud of what we have achieved in redeveloping the Market so to have a member of the Royal Family perform the opening is a real honour and will make it a truly memorable occasion. “  

Hugh Brown, CEO of Gillstream Markets Ltd said:
“The Princess Royal’s visit to the Market and opening of the new cattle building represents the culmination of a huge amount of work between the company, the Council, the building team and the many other stakeholders.  The benefits it will bring to the borough , the Market and its farming customers, along with the wider communities we serve will be seen for many years to come.”

The Princess Royal will be given a tour of the new building and have the opportunity to meet with The Mayor, Civic leaders, members of the farming community and other key stakeholders.  Her Royal Highness will be invited to unveil a special plaque to commemorate the event and the official opening of the new building

Melton Mowbray Market is the largest town centre Livestock Market in the country and has been in existence for 1,000 years, predating the Domesday Book.  The main market has been held on a Tuesday since at least 1324 when it was granted a charter by King Edward II.  As well as its normal weekly activities, the Market also hosts many other sales and festivals, including the only national Native and Traditional Breeds Show and Sale in September. The Livestock Market alone serves over 2,500 farming customers, with 350,000 visitors coming through the site annually.  


For more information please contact:

Sarah-Jane O’Connor
HR & Communications Manager 
Melton Borough Council
01664 502460 or 07500 973802