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  REPORT
Celebrating 40 years of market trading in
Cannock
Market Times • February 2013
  MARKET traders old and new turned back the clock recently to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Cannock Market in Staffordshire.
Traders donned 1970s gear and welcomed back the very first market superintendent who was in charge when the market opened its doors for the first time in November 1972.
Harold Prichard, 91, met current market officer Tony Griffiths at the celebrations. Many retired traders from over the decades also returned to mark the anniversary. Among them was Arthur Biddulph who retired in 2009 after 50 years’ trading in the current indoor market and at its previous location.
Town crier Peter Taunton left no one in doubt about what was going on and students from Walton Hall School in Stafford, which has benefited from thousands of pounds raised by traders in recent years, sang songs at the event.
The anniversary was an opportunity to catch up on friendships and reminisce about old times. For many it was a family occasion. Margaret
Lavender of Lavender Blue Underwear has been trading on the market from the day it first opened its doors. Before that she helped her father-in- law run his stall on the old outdoor market.
Julie Last has run The Net Stall for the past 22 years. Her father Frank Corbett used to have a stall on the outdoor market. And Tina Law took over the haberdashery stall from her father, Stan Drinkwater, 28 years ago.
Margaret Lavender said: “Our motto is ‘Cannock market traders: caring for you’ and we really wanted to give something back to our customers for their support over all these years. That’s why we staged a prize draw. We had a great celebration and it was lovely to see so many customers old and new who had some cake and a drink with us.”
Councillor Bob Todd, Chairman of Cannock Chase Council, said: “Our markets at Cannock and Rugeley are staples of our communities and offer a huge range of goods and services. Congratulations to everyone at Cannock market
Trader Julie Last with town crier Peter Taunton
on their 40th anniversary.”
Cllr Todd presented a competition prize to
Lesley Hall from Hednesford who won the prize draw organised and funded by the traders.
She said: “I’ve been a customer at Cannock market since I moved to the area 35 years ago. It’s a lovely place — the town just wouldn’t be the same without it.”
By NICOLA GOULD
  Competition winner Lesley Hall, centre, with — from left — traders Julie Last and Margaret Lavender, market officer Tony Griffiths, Cannock Chase Council Chairman Cllr Bob Todd and trader Joan Farr
 Harold Pritchard, aged 91, the first market superintendent when
Cannock Market opened in 1972, with current market officer Tony
Griffiths Competition winner Lesley Hall with Council Chairman Cllr Bob Todd
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