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MARKET TIMES • DECEMBER 2019 33 NMTF’s bright young traders
continue to hog the limelight
  Nicky Mills being interviewed on BBC Look North
End of an era as Danny
plans to hang up his
butcher’s apron
DUNDAS Indoor Market in Middlesbrough is to lose one of its best known traders after Danny McCluskey decided to hang up his butcher’s apron at the age of 70.
Danny has put his family butchers business up for sale and plans to retire in April. He has been a butcher in the area since 1965, having worked for two local butchers before taking the plunge and starting his own business in the indoor market.
“If I was 10 years younger I would stay,” said Danny, who employs three people. “I know I’m going to miss it. It’s all I’ve known since I left school. It’s about looking after your customers, giving them exactly what they want.”
Danny is not the only tenant who has been a long-term fixture in Dundas. Jean Hall opened a sandwich shop in 1991 before starting Jean’s Café nine years later and her cousin Beryl Cochran has run her cake decorating business Finishing Touches for nearly 30 years.
A famous customer of Jean’s was Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate who would come to the café after training at the nearby Wellington Boxing Club for a plate of wholesome homemade food.
“He always used to stop off and have mince and dumplings. He’s a lovely down to earth lad,” said Jean, who still works in the café three days a week.
“What probably gives me most satisfaction is that somebody always comes up and complements us on our food. Some of the customers have come from day one,” she added.
As well as loyal customers the café has loyal staff. Manager Louise Matthews – one of eight employees - has worked there since she was 16. Louise and three colleagues took part in last month’s Great North Run raising nearly £3,000 for the James Cook University Hospital.
Although she now rarely bakes because of arthritis in her hands, Beryl made an exception for Danny’s 70th birthday cake. She has no plans to follow him into retirement. “I’ll keep going as long as I can. I’ve always enjoyed it. It’s just a hobby really,” she said.
David Harris, the manager of Dundas Indoor Market, said Danny, Jean and Beryl’s businesses have lasted so long because they put
TRADERS who competed in this year’s NMTF’s Young Traders Market initiative, the final of which was featured on the BBC’s The One Show, are continuing to flourish.
One of the four finalists, Nicky Mills, who scooped the top award in the arts and crafts section, recently attracted the attention of BBC Look North who featured her inspiring story on their news programme.
Nicky told the interviewer how she had only set up her business, Pen & Gwyn, six months ago when she decided to test the water and see if her beautiful cards and prints created from her original water- colour paintings appealed to the public.
“I started selling them at a craft fair in Hull, then I went on the internet and sold at all the craft markets I could find in the Lincoln area every weekend.”
Her hard work and enterprise paid off and she decided to enter the NMTF’s Young Traders Market competition without really knowing what to expect.
To her shock and delight she was
named as the category winner following two days of trading at the final in a prime location in Stratford-upon-Avon at the end of August.
The One Show filmed the final and announced the winner live on air the following week during a programme that included a detailed report on the initiative and the young traders who took part.
The winner was Frankie Farrar from Sheffield who runs Stirring Silver selling the silver rings she makes from old spoons and the lights she creates from unusual objects like old sewing machines.
Nicky has done really well after her business was featured on national television.
She was recently selected as a maker on a three day event organised by the design guru and TV personality Kirstie Allsopp.
“My cards reflect my quirky sense of humour and what I enjoy most is when people visit my market stall and burst out laughing when they see the cards,” she said.
Some of the young traders are taking part in the new Christmas Market in Salford (see page 32).
    Danny McCluskey
customers first. “It’s a cliché, but it’s true, and it’s why they have so many customers coming back day after day and year after year.
“It will be strange when Danny goes, but he definitely deserves to put his feet up. We all wish him a happy retirement and look forward to welcoming the next butcher here.”

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