Farewell to colourful character Tommy

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MARKET traders, fairground workers and family have paid their final respects to one of Bury St Edmunds great characters, Tommy Bond.

The 70-year-old former showman who suffered from a heart condition, died as he packed up after a busy day working on the market on December 18.

Mr Bond was born into a family of travelling show people who, during the winter months, lived in caravans at Ram Meadow and took on local seasonal work. His daughter Heidi is still involved in the fairground business.

In 1974 Mr Bond founded Tom’s Snack Bar, which is still in operation today on Bury market and is run by his son Thomas and his wife Janine. He had been packing up after a day running his other son Adam’s hot chestnut cart when he collapsed in his wife Beryl’s arms.

“He was a character, he had a glow about him and was very well known,” said Adam.

His funeral was held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Thursday.