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market for 10 years, the couple have an unusual previous life.
They were in show business for 32 years. Trevor worked as a stage manager for shows featuring stars such as Status Quo and Shirley
Bassey, and Adrienne was a dancer and choreographer.
Adrienne said: “You can’t be a dancer for ever and although we loved the life, in the end you get sick of the travelling and just want to
wake up in your own bed.”
They thoroughly enjoy the market life, as do
fellow traders including relatively new recruits such as Simon Mason, who sells pet supplies, Phil Allerston, who sells toys and games, and Anne Passmore and her daughter Catherine Haknen who run Little Miss Allsorts, a jewellery business.
Simon, who turned to market trading after building work dried up two years ago, said: “Trade just gets better and better.”
Phil Allerston, who started standing the market eight months ago to boost sales and provide a shop window for his online toy business, said it had been a good decision.
And Anne Passmore, who turned a hobby into a business and runs Little Miss Allsorts, a jewellery stall, with her daughter Catherine Haknen, says they enjoy the market life.
“I just wish I had thought about a market stall years ago,” she said.
John Costello, who runs Costello’s bakers and sets up tables and chairs for a market café outside his shop every Thursday, speaks for the local shopkeepers.
“I just wish every day could be market day — it brings the town to life,” he said.
Although that is not a practical proposition, there is no doubt that Driffield’s charter market is now serving its community well and boosting the local economy.
 John Costello has been a butcher, a baker — but passed on the candlestick making to run a bakery with a market café in front of his shop every Thursday
    FACTS & FIGURES
 l Market Days: Thursday. Monthly Sensational Saturday Maker Markets were introduced this year for the summer months.
l Market Rent: Rent is £10 for a ten-foot stall, and £1 a foot for any additional footage
l Driffield’s Claim to Fame: Driffield is a rural town in the Wolds of East Yorkshire famous for its annual agricultural show, its steam and vintage rally which features an evening road-run of steam engines, and its quaint, ancient tradition of scrambling, which is unique to the town. Scrambling involves children walking through the main street a few days after New Year chanting an old rhyme to shopkeepers in return for money and goodies.
Anne Passmore is pictured with her daughter Catherine Haknen. Mother and daughter have turned a hobby into a market business and thoroughly enjoy selling their jewellery on Driffield market
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Simon Mason has seen his business grow and grow since he started selling pet products on the market two years ago
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