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46 MARKET TIMES • OCTOBER 2020 Glyn calls time after 41 years on Newbury Market
  Glyn “The Watch Man” Moyse has finally called time on market trading decades after a chance sighting of an LED watch in a wholesaler’s window launched him on a new life as a market trader.
Glyn and his brother had embarked on traditional careers in engineering and a dairy res- pectively, but both soon had a lucrative sideline selling shirts and jumpers to work colleagues in their tea and lunch breaks.
“One day I asked my brother to get new stock from our wholesaler in London and on the way back to the underground station he spotted an LED watch in a wholesaler’s window,” Glyn said.
They got hold of a sample and within a day of showing it to colleagues they had £400 worth of orders.
“That was the first quartz watch that lit up and it was very desirable all those years ago,” Glyn said.
“We had to get a bank loan to buy the stock, but once we had sold the first lot we got another £400 of orders,” he said.
The brothers were making so much more money in their tea break than they were earning in their day jobs that they agreed the next logical step was to take on a market stall.
Glyn used his meagre holiday entitlement to stand Bracknell Market on a Friday and eventually both brothers gave up their jobs and went into market trading.
“I tried a few markets and I began trading on Newbury Market 41 years ago,” he said.
Over the years the brothers have run a sizeable business selling watch straps, batteries, electrical equipment and smoking accessories.
“We have done the coast market runs, bank holiday markets and at one point we had three vans, staff and six stalls on Blackbushe Market,” Glyn said.
But watch straps and batteries were the mainstay of his business and Newbury has always been his main market.
“I was sad to retire but on the other hand I have only had two holidays over the past 11 years so I am looking forward to eventually taking a holiday,” he said.
Glyn, who is a long-standing NMTF member, said he hoped there
was a good future for UK markets. “There is no doubt that shopping habits have changed, but there are things that can be done to turn things around,” said Glyn, who cited Abingdon as a good example.
“Abingdon used to be my worst market. Then notices went up that there was two hours free parking and it became my best market,” he said.
THE NMTF was greatly saddened to learn earlier this year of the death at the age of 94 of Lord Graham of Edmonton, one of its staunchest supporters — and, indeed a strong advocate of the entire UK retail markets industry.
Lord Ted, as he was affectionately known, was for some years the NMTF’s parliamentary adviser in the House of Lords, to which he was elected (to his own surprise) in 1983 after being defeated as Labour Co- operative MP for Edmonton.
And it was Lord Graham, a straight-talking Geordie, who suggested that the markets industry — the NMTF in partnership with NABMA — should seek to set up an All-Party Parliamentary Markets Group.
It was established in 2001 and Ted became its first secretary, a position he held for six years until 2007, when he handed over to former MP Ann Coffey.
Since its formation the All-Party Parliamentary Markets Group has proved invaluable in helping the industry to lobby government on vital issues.
Lord Graham had a great sense of humour. Hosting parliamentary receptions he would invariably make the same quips — but for even those who had heard them before they were always funny.
Invariably he would start his opening address with: “My name is Ted Graham — but you can call me Lord.”
Graham had first entered party politics in 1961 when he joined Enfield borough council, becoming leader. He understood the importance of local government, which he said later had taught him in a modest way “both the art of government and the constraints that prevail in government”. He stood against Iain Macleod, then shadow chancellor, at Enfield West in the 1966 election before winning Edmonton.
At Westminster he was immediately appointed parliamentary private secretary to Alan Williams, minister of state at the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection, and when James Callaghan succeeded as prime
minister in 1976, Graham was made a senior government whip. In the Lords he was Labour chief whip from 1990 to 1997 and then chaired the Labour peers’ group until 2000.
He was a humanist, and told the Lords in a debate on faith issues in 2007: “My faith is in the human spirit and the ability of ordinary people to control their affairs.”
Ted had been ill for some time and took leave of absence from the House of Lords to live in a care home.
His obituary in the Daily Telegraph described him as a “blunt but genial Geordie”.
True, but there was a lot more to Ted than that. He died on March 21.

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