Geraldine Carter, president of the National Association of British Market Authorities, visited Knutsford recently to mark major milestones for local traders.
On Thursday 11th April, a celebration was held for Wendy McKay and Ian Emmess who have reached 55 and 35 years, respectively, of trading at Knutsford Market Hall.
Edwards and Emmess butchers have been trading since Knutsford Market Hall first opened back in 1964.
Wendy’s grandparents were farmers and her grandmother set up a farmer’s stall which Wendy joined as a Saturday girl in 1964.
The stall passed down to her parents (Wendy’s father was a qualified butcher) and Wendy joined them in the family business.
Ian completes the story, joining from Gaskell Brothers (a pork and bacon plant in Warrington) and learning the butchery trade from Wendy’s father and sister.
Speaking during the presentation with Geraldine, along with town mayor Cllr Peter Coan, gave a heartwarming speech in front of fellow traders and customers.
Geraldine commented: “Market halls are at the heart of the community and Knutsford Market Hall is no exception.
“We have some exceptional, hardworking traders here who offer a service you cannot buy online and we thank you for your support.”
Ian Emmess said: “All the traders are committed to giving good service and fine products to the public of Knutsford many of whom have become friends over the years.”
Wendy added: “I have seen many changes in the market hall since the sixties, but one thing remains constant: the relationship between traders and customers.
“We really are a little family – and long may it continue!”