VETERAN market trader Gordon Smith is saying farewell to customers and fellow stallholders after more than 50 years.
Instantly recognisable in his Union Jack top hat, Gordon has been a constant figure at his toy stall at Mexborough’s indoor market, bringing joy to generations of children.
But he is set to leave in January as he is unable to meet new rent increases being introduced by Doncaster Council.
Gordon said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time. It’s a great town and the people make it what it is.”
Over the years he has organised many market events, and seen one or two toy crazes come and go including yo yos and Star Wars figures.
Doncaster Council says the increase is necessary to meet government imposed cash cuts.