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Rickinghall Market's longest-serving stallholder honoured at surprise presentation

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A long-serving stallholder has signed off after more than two decades of service at a village market.

Geoffrey Mayhew set up his fruit and vegetable stall for the final time at Rickinghall Farmers’ Market earlier this month.

To mark the occasion, organisers presented Mr Mayhew with an engraved clock, which had ‘Rickinghall Farmers Market, 21 years’ inscribed on it on Saturday, December 12.

Geoffrey Mayhew (left) being presented with his clock by Bob Clark. Picture: Bob Clark
Geoffrey Mayhew (left) being presented with his clock by Bob Clark. Picture: Bob Clark

“Geoffrey didn’t know anything about it – he was absolutely delighted,” said organiser Bob Clark, who carried out the presentation.

Mr Mayhew added: “It was a complete surprise – I certainly didn’t think there would be any gift for me.”

“I’ll treasure the clock until my dying days – it’s nice to be appreciated.”

Mr Mayhew has sold fruit and vegetables at the market on more than 250 occasions since its inception in the autumn of 2000 – and will continue working at Sunnyside Farm and Shop in Finningham Road.

“He was there from the start, when there was just a dozen market stalls,” said Mr Clark.

“The only time it was closed was during the foot and mouth outbreak – which is just stunning.

“He will be missed. He’s very well known, a proper farmer and the ultimate local.”

Mr Mayhew added: “I will miss it. I won’t miss the bad weather, but I shall certainly miss the lovely customers.”

Visitors enjoyed the final farmers’ market of the year on Saturday, with around two dozen stallholders offering up artisan cheeses, brownies, apples and locally-sourced meats, amongst a host of other food.

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