December 30, 2011 The Star
VETERAN Mexborough trader Gordon Smith is saying farewell to customers and fellow stallholders after more than 50 years on the market.
Instantly recognisable in his Union Jack top hat, Gordon has been a constant ?gure at his toy stall in the indoor market for decades.
But he is set to leave in January as he is unable to meet new rent increases being introduced by Doncaster Council – but he says he takes with him great memories.
Gordon said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my timeworking in Mexborough. It’s a great town and the people make it what it is.
“The joy comes from seeing families so happy when you provide them with the toy they have been looking for.”
His association with the market goes back to the 1950s when he used to help out at his auntie and uncle’s stall while still a schoolboy.
He eventually took over the business and moved into the stall where he is today when the indoor market opened in 1975.
Throughout the years he has organised many market events and seen crazes come and go, from Star Wars toys to yo-yos.
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