FILMING for a new More4 programme took place in the town centre on Saturday.

Matt Baker and film crews for 'Farm Of a Lifetime' visited Hexham Marketplace on March 11.

The programme follows seven applicants in their bid to take on the tenancy of a Northumberland farm.

The tenancy of Gallows Hill Farm on the National Trust's Wallington estate, comprised of 137ha of land and a Grade II listed farmhouse, is available for the first time in over 30 years and offers an opportunity for a new tenant to develop a high nature status farm.

The show's applicants will be assessed on their business plans and their abilities and approaches to agricultural, environmental farming and renovation by completing real-world tasks and experiences.

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Peter Samson, the market manager for Hexham Farmers Market, was contacted as producers wanted to film the market and explore different local producers.

"This is a programme that's due to come out in autumn, about the process of selecting a new tenant on a farm in the National Trust estate. The applicants are doing different tasks and they were looking to specifically relate to customers, so that's why they came to the farmers' market."

Peter said he did a walk-through with Matt Baker discussing the market's role.

Peter and his wife Franje's smallholding in Wark was also filmed, which looked at the farm's wool processing.

He added two other producers were filmed, which were Askerton Castle in Gilsland and the Northumberland Honey Company.

"From a market point of view, I was pleased people came to support the market and it made Hexham look good. In the long-term, I would like to think the market would benefit from being part of this programme when it comes out."

Penny Grennan, a Hexham town councillor, was in the marketplace at the time.

"The tenants were attached to a stallholder to try and sell whatever the local producer was selling," she said.

A prospective tenant tasked with selling hand-knitted mittens spoke to Penny about why the marketplace was important and what she thought of small producers in Northumberland.

"For me, it all ties in with the Grow Hexham project which is about producing food locally and diversifying to save the farming community," she added.