After half-a-century of trading, Bob retires

Bob the Carpet Man, who is stepping down from business after 50 years
Bob the Carpet Man, who is stepping down from business after 50 years

A market trader has rolled up his last carpet after 50 years in business.

Bob Cessford, known as Bob the Carpet Man, bade farewell to Alnwick last Saturday after clearing up his stall for the last time.

Bob, who has been in business as a carpet trader for half a century, had been a trader at Alnwick Markets for 24 years.

He said: “I started work as an apprentice carpet fitter in 1963.

“The first job I did was at a care home in Charlton.

“By coincidence, my last job before retirement was back at the same property.”

Bob, who traded as GB Factory Carpets out of Ashington, added: “I’m ready for a rest. Carpet fitting is young man’s work. I shall miss the Market at Alnwick – there is a very friendly atmosphere and when the weather is good it’s a pleasure to be working outdoors.

“Mind, I will not miss the winters.”

Richard Knapper, of Snapper Photography, presented Bob with a framed photograph of the Market Place, and there were cards and other gifts from Alnwick Markets and fellow traders.

Bob is looking forward to taking some proper holidays with his wife, and spending more time with young grandchildren during his retirement.

Traders and shoppers alike at Alnwick Market wish Bob a long and happy retirement.

Alnwick Markets run every Saturday from 9am to 4pm. A farmers’ market is run on the last Friday of the month from 9am to 2pm. Thursday markets run from 9am to 4pm , April to Christmas.