VIDEO: Market veteran closing after 53 years of trade

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HE’S been a familiar face on Doncaster Market for generations.

But David Place is set to close up his emporium at the wool market for the last time after decided to retire after working on the market since the age of 11.

David Place is retiring aged 64 after working on Doncaster Market since he was 11

David Place is retiring aged 64 after working on Doncaster Market since he was 11

David, from Armthorpe, is now 64, and has loved his time selling household items such as lamps and ornaments and says he will miss it.

He followed in the footsteps of his parents and his grandfather in setting up as a market trader.

He said: “My parents were market traders before me, and we used to trade at both Barnsley and Doncaster. In Barnsley my customers included Dickie Bird and Charlie Williams.

“Then 40 years ago I started running the stall in Doncaster on my own.

“But I was only 11 when I first came down to help my grandfather on his stall.”

David was a president of the Doncaster Market Traders Federation for three years until 2009, and was involved in work to transform and improve the wool market at that time.

He said the market was not as busy as it was when he first started in 1960, but said he hoped plans to revamp it which are currently in the pipeline would help restore its fortunes.

“I will miss the camaraderie between traders, and the customers,” he said.