Market trader Bonny Bullard packed up her stall for the last time at the weekend and said a sad goodbye to the job she loved doing for the past 17 years.
Great grandmother Bonny, 67, who ran a haberdashery stall on Leyland Market, called it a day on Saturday.
Bonny bought the stall off Blackpool-based Stan Blears, who had been on the market for 25 years, and was retiring.
“I said to him I wish I’d bought that fabric stall on the other side of the market, and he said why don’t you buy this one,” she explained.
“I was disillusioned with the job I was doing. I wasn’t happy.
“I was making clothing for Marks & Spencer in Chorley and thought this place is shutting down.
“Nobody believed me. But I’d seen it before. The first thing you see is men with clipboards.”
Bonny, who is married to Terry and lives in Leyland, has left the market behind to concentrate on her home-based internet business. She said: “We have the internet business and it’s just too busy now to cope with the market stall. We’ve been doing it three years and it’s been growing.”
She said she had seen changes over the years – including relocating from the old market “with tarpaulin on the roof when it was raining” and coming into the new market.
“There have been changes over the years and it’s still a fully-occupied market and we’ve a very loyal customer base in Leyland,” she said.
Customers were sad to see Bonny leave, too.
“I’ve had customers coming in, giving me a hug and saying thanks for everything,” said Bonny. “I’d like to say thank you to everybody who have been my customers in there.”
Fellow market traders presented Bonny with flowers, a montage of old photographs, champagne and chocolates, before she left.
Debbie Noblett, who runs the plant stall on the front of the market, said: “We were with Bonny on the old market.
“She’s always been active in promoting the market and helping out. She’s always supported any events, so we’ll miss her.”
She added: “She’s very, very focused on the job and provided good service and is very knowledgeable on sewing, knitting and textiles, any crafts.”
Bonny will be replaced on the stall by Tom Nuttall and his wife Caroline.
Tom, a market trader for more than 35 years, will be arriving from Morecambe Festival Market.
Debbie said: “They’re looking forward to expanding their business on Leyland market. They will be starting from September.”