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  Market Times • August 2016
Leah has designs on student grant
FASHION student Leah Gibson will have extra cash to pay for the materials to create her end-of-year collection after being awarded the NMTF/Harry Cross Student Grant.
NMTF National President John Dyson presented the cheque to Leah at Grainger Market in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where she is in the final year of her degree in fashion design and marketing at Northumbria University.
The grant was established in memory of Harry Cross, a well- known pitcher and NMTF Past President. It is awarded each year to the son or daughter of a market trader to help towards their university studies.
The money can be spent on items like textbooks, which can be expensive. But Leah has started work on the designs for her end-of-year collection that will count towards her degree and plans to spend the money on materials for this.
Leah said: “My mum read about the grant in the magazine last year and suggested I apply for it, but I never expected to get it.”
Leah’s mum, Paula, runs Sew Personal at St George’s Market in
Leah is pictured receiving the cheque from NMTF National President John Dyson (left), with President- Elect Michael Nicholson
 Belfast, selling baby items including blankets, cushions and bunting which she makes herself and personalises for individual babies.
Paula said: “I love sewing and craft work and Leah takes after me.” Paula started off making Irish dancing costumes. She began
making personalised baby items for friends and someone suggested she should start selling it on St George’s Sunday market.
That was five-and-a-half years ago and now she stands the market on all three days and Leah is a big help sewing items and serving on the stall when she is
home from university.
“I just love sewing and helping
on the market,” Leah said. “Getting this grant is a big help because it will help me with the cost of my collection which I have to design and create for a fashion show which will be held in London.”
 Michael is the heart and soul of Great Yarmouth Market
MICHAEL BECK, who was forced to give up work after he was seriously hurt in a road accident, has been awarded the John Carter/Harry Cross Memorial Cup for his contribution to Great Yarmouth Market.
Michael, 53, started working at Bob Walton’s fruit and veg stall on the market at the age of 15. But tragedy struck in 1987 when he was knocked down by a car after attending his twin brother’s stag night celebrations.
He was in a coma for 15 weeks and can no longer work because of the severity of his injuries and the epilepsy caused by them.
But he has continued to help out on the market where he is a much loved and respected character, helping out in numerous ways.
Mike Anderson, of the NMTF Great Yarmouth Group, which nominated Michael for the award, said: “He is always on the market helping out in so many ways. It would be hard to manage without him.”
Joe Harrison is pictured presenting the cup to Michael Beck with Coun Malcolm Bird, Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Kate Watts, the council’s transformation programme manager and Mandy Atkinson, its event administrator.
 Michael watches traders’ stands when they nip to the toilet, fetches hot drinks, and gets them change from the bank. He also helps with the traders’ Lottery syndicate and their Spot the Ball
competition that raises thousands for the local group and good causes.
NMTF Chief Executive Joe Harrison presented the cup to Michael on Great Yarmouth
Market, alongside the town’s mayor, Coun Malcolm Bird.
Michael said: “This market is my life and the traders are my family. Everyone knows me here and I do everything I can to help.”

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