Today the Herald is starting a new feature where the traders at the weekly Wednesday market in Morpeth tell their story. First up is Colin Hetherington, who is celebrating an impressive 40 years of running a stall in the town.
COLIN Hetheringtonis well-known in the town for his great range of seasonal goods, toys and pet beds, his best-selling item.
He has market trading in his blood and first started running a stall at the age of just 15 – before that he regularly helped his parents at busy markets right across the region.
As well as his weekly appearance at Morpeth Market, which runs from 9am to 3pm, he also trades at other markets across the North East, including Ashington and Seaham, and has a shop called Specials, with branches in Low Fell, Benwell and West Denton.
Colin, who has followed the market around several locations in the town over the years, said: “I’ve certainly seen a lot of changes over the last 40 years on Morpeth Market and at all the markets.
“Trends are constantly changing so you have to constantly keep on top of them.
“It has been tough for everyone over the last few years, but things are definitely picking up and it’s great to see the investment in the new market in Morpeth, which is really helping and bringing more people along to the Wednesday market.
“It’s a real way of life and I love meeting my regular customers – some people have been coming to our stall for many, many years.”
The stalls are managed by Northumberland County Council and Sanderson Arcade, working in partnership with Morpeth Town Council, Morpeth Chamber of Trade and other local organisations through the Morpeth Market Working Group.