Plans to turn Birmingham’s Wholesale Markets site into a major mixed-use development mean a new beginning for a thriving part of the city centre.

The Post reported in March one of the largest city centre regeneration schemes in history will see the markets become a family zone called Birmingham Smithfield.

The ten-year vision, which sees the area rebranded Birmingham Smithfield, is aiming to build museums, cinemas, art galleries and music venues to be created on the run down area bordering the Bullring.

It seeks to draw on the unique heritage of the site, with Birmingham’s wholesale food markets actually dating back to the 12th century.

Birmingham City Council is moving the Wholesale Markets to a new larger site at Witton .

Here, we take a nostalgic look back at the markets.