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  Market Times • June 2014
NEWS
Fish trader nets £500 in new NMTF prize draw
  ANDREW TAYLOR, a wet fish trader from near Grimsby, has led a charmed life. He has twice cheated death in a career as a diver, first with the Royal Navy, disposing of bombs, and then working as a saturation diver for the offshore oil industry.
And luck was with him recently when he was named as a winner of the new NMTF prize draw, which involves two members being selected at random every two months to receive £500 each.
The prize draw has been launched as a thank you to existing members and an incentive for traders to join the National Market Traders Federation.
Andrew said: “I was really surprised to learn I was to receive £500. It was a great phone call to get.”
Andrew has been a fish trader for the past eight years following a career as a diver. He worked as a bomb clearance diver with the Royal Navy, disposing of limpet bombs and bombs uncovered on beaches.
He went on to become a saturation diver for 15 years which
involved being under pressure for four to five weeks at a time, working from a diving bell on the sea bed for eight hours a day.
“It nearly killed me twice,” said Andrew. He also lost colleagues, so he decided to look for a safer way to earn a living.
Andrew now has a fish round and stands Bakewell Farmers’ Market on the last Saturday of each month.
He said: “I didn’t know about the prize draw, but I value my membership and I really enjoy reading Market Times.”
 — and a sweet surprise for Brigg trader
TRACY THOMPSON, who sells pick and mix sweets on Brigg market in East Yorkshire, was delighted to learn that her name had been randomly selected in the National Market Traders Federation’s first prize draw.
A trader for 25 years and a member of the federation since 2003, Tracy values her membership and enjoys reading the federation’s magazine, Market Times.
“I enjoy market trading and the news that I was getting a £500 prize came out of the blue,” she said.
She had not previously thought too much about her membership, but is now going to look into other benefits of belonging to the federation, including the special members rate for AA cover, and the new insurance deals with Fed Insure, the federation’s new insurance arm to be launched soon (see page 23).
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