One of Scotland’s oldest farmers markets' has celebrated a quarter century of local products with a special event.

The Ayrshire Farmers Market celebrates 25 years of operation this month – and stallholders from the very first market day in 1999 gathered with new traders in a celebration to mark the success of the event.

The milestone was market with cake and celebrations in Ayr, with relatives of the original stallholders turning out in support.

Howard Wilkinson, Ayrshire Food Network chair, said the day was a huge celebration to mark 25 years of hard work and dedication. 

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He said: "It was a real moment of history as a market and a cooperative after 275 markets in Ayr and over 1,000 overall in the region.

"One of the longest-standing stallholders is The Caurnie Soapery, which is based in Kirkintilloch and still turns out every week.

"The Cedar Country Highland  beef  stall was also manned by the grandson of the McKintyre family, who helped to start the market.

"We also had grandchildren of some of the original stallholders there representing their grandparents, which was just lovely. 

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"We had some veterans of the market and also a great turnout from the public on a gorgeous day. 

"Most of us hadn't seen one another in about a decade so it was amazing to catch up after all that time."

While there are farmers' markets in many towns and cities across Scotland, Howard believes that the Ayrshire farmers market is the second oldest, with only Perth’s market going further back.