Peter Wilson, the Markets Manager for Darlington Borough Council, spoke to ITV about the significance of the anniversary.
Celebrations are underway to mark the 150th anniversary of an iconic North East market.
Traders at Darlington's Covered Market are dressing in Victorian garb to mark the occasion.
Events are planned throughout the weekend, including the town's first public ox roast for 100 years along with Victorian-style workshops and fair games.
The market building, with its landmark clock tower, has served generations of shoppers over the years.