Two stalwarts of Bury St Edmunds’ street markets have been remembered with a special charity day staged on Saturday.
St Edmundsbury Mayor Patrick Chung supported the event and sold tombola tickets. Prizes were donated by the town’s market traders who also had collecting buckets on their stalls.
The day has raised £600 which will be shared between Macmillan Cancer Support and Tapping House Hospice in Norfolk.
John Bennett and Geoffrey Hunt both died from cancer and had run stalls in Bury for many years.
Geoffrey ran the tool stall opposite Starbucks for more than 30 years while John ranthe glasses stall outside Bodyshop and Poundland for at least 15 years. Both men died last month.
Darren Old, chairman of the Bury branch of the National Market Traders’Federation, said: “They were both well regarded and well respected by many of us and this seemed a good way to remember them.”
John’s wife Carol and his daughter Claire took over his pitch to run Curry With Love.
Both men had taken an active role in the life of the market. John would often attend council meetings andjoining in discussions over market matters. while Geoffrey attended many of the traders’ meetings.