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has returned to his first love — music — as a business interest in his golden years.
His business, Footprints Vinyl Records, includes a record label, a web-based business and selling at record fairs at home and abroad.
“I love all kinds of music — from rock to baroque,” he said. And he is pleased to have taken up Dermot’s suggestion of trading at Worcester where he already has a strong following of like-minded vinyl record collectors.
Other traders are doing well, offering a diverse range of products from meat and fruit and veg to the unusual and quirky.
Mike Price is one of them. His business, Respoke, sells the jewellery he makes from bicycle spokes.
His son, Jamie, who helps out on the stall while his dad makes the products, said: “Dad used to work for an organisation that taught young offenders mechanics, starting with mending bicycles and moving on to car engines.”
One day Mike decided to have a go at making jewellery from old bicycle spokes and
he now has a thriving market business.
His jewellery is also promoted by an online
cycling business and the magazine Cycling World.
Dawn McClements is another new trader making a go of her market business, Fragrantly Magical, after starting with a small range of Himalayan rock salts, dragons and incense on the day of the relaunch a year ago.
“I had been made redundant four times in six years, so I decided to start in a small way, trading one market day a week selling the products I really love myself,” she said.
She is steadily building up her business and is a happy convert to market life.
And, according to Dermot, securing Angel Place as a strong market with happy traders like Dawn is just the start.
“We are now 95 per cent full over the four market days in Angel Place,” he said. “But my contract covers the entire market offering in Worcester and the vision is to have a range of markets to cater for everyone and bring new life and vibrancy to the city.“
Dermot has taken over the running of the incredibly successful Victorian Christmas Fayre, which has hundreds of stalls in eight streets over four days at the end of November.
In addition, he has launched an upmarket market on the High Street every weekend with a top quality food offering.
It began on a Sunday before moving to Saturday as well. Then there is the bank holiday market which pulls in the crowds to a picturesque location by the River Severn, which runs through the city, and six festival markets a year on the High Street.
Dermot said: “It’s still early days. Our initial priority was to secure the market in Angel Place and make it an attractive, popular market where the traders do well and the public can find exactly what they want.”
That achieved, Dermot and his team are trying out new initiatives to find what works where and how they can enhance the city’s market offering.
A year after the relaunch, the project is doing well, and Worcester’s markets are on the up.
  Dawn McClements started Fragrantly Magical on Worcester market after she was made redundant four times in six years. She started selling Himalayan rock salts, dragons and incense, and now sells a wide range of similar products
The bank holiday riverside market
 FACTS & FIGURES
 l Market Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There is an upmarket market in the High Street at the weekend, as well as Bank Holiday and festival markets.
l Market Rent: £20 a day Wednesday to Friday, £30 on Saturday and £35 on Sunday.
l Worcester’s Claim to Fame: Worcester is famous for its cathedral, Royal Worcester porcelain, as the home of the composer Sir Edward Elgar and the location of the final battle of the civil war in which Charles II’s army was finally defeated by the parliamentarians. Lea & Perrin’s Worcestershire sauce is still made in the city, which was once a centre for glove making.
 Helen Hodgetts sells phone accessories, e-cigarettes and blankets on Worcester market
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