Jewellery Jenny’s market farewell

Photo: David Hurst'Leyland Market stallholder Jenny Richmond is retiring from her jewellery stall which she has held for the past 12 years.
Photo: David Hurst'Leyland Market stallholder Jenny Richmond is retiring from her jewellery stall which she has held for the past 12 years.
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It’s been a glittering career, you could say.

But now ‘jewellery Jenny’ has decided to ring the changes and settle down into retirement after a dozen years on Leyland Market.

Grandmother Jenny Richmond, 64, runs the Leyland gifts and collectables stall, which will close at the end of this month.

“I’ve been here twelve years,” she said. “I’ve decided to call it a day and stay at home.

“I’ve got two Clumber spaniels at home, so I’m just going to be at home with the dogs.”

But even though she’s giving up her stall, she says she won’t be a complete stranger, as her partner runs the Fairagon stall in the market, and she’ll be helping out from time to time.

“We’ve another stall across the way, Fairagon, selling dragons and fairies etc, my partner runs that,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like I’m leaving. I’ll be stopping on, working on there at busy times like Christmas – and tidying the stall, because you know what men are like!”

Jenny and her partner Archie McDonald live on Cunnery Meadow, Leyland.

She explained how she arrived at the market.

“There used to be a jewellery stall on there. When she retired I took it over from her. It originally sold fancy goods and then when the jewellery lady left we took over the jewellery so we’re called jewellery and fancy goods, but over the years we’ve been mainly jewellery.”

Jenny said she had had a wonderful time on the stall and recalled a couple of incidents.

“There was one when a customer admired a mirror we have and said it would be no good to her because it’s too high! She just walked away,” she said.

“Then there were the Gollies. We got reported for selling Gollies. They were an offence, we had to take them down. There was a stink about it in the paper.”

In fact the story went national after the council suggested that the Gollies be removed.

The Golly was originally a children’s literary character from the 19th century.

Jenny said she was not being racist at all and revealed at the time she had sold 200 of the dolls that had become a popular feature of her market stall in the last few months.

She even put handcuffs on one Golly in case the police came to take it away like they did when they raided a shop in Manchester.

But Jenny said: “We just carried on selling them. We couldn’t keep up with it. It was the best publicity we have had. They weren’t illegal.”

Jenny said: “It will be sad to go because I’ve got some good friends on there.

“It’s been good. We’ve had a lot of good support from local people, they do support the market well.”