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Last curtain for historic town trader

NDET 26-10-12 TW 5 Market trader Daphne Welton retiring from curtain stall thats been in the family for 100yrs.

NDET 26-10-12 TW 5 Market trader Daphne Welton retiring from curtain stall thats been in the family for 100yrs.

After over 100 years in business an historic Chesterfield trader has waved goodbye to the market.

Daphne Welton, 64, of Bolsover has retired from her stall - Lowes Curtains - which has been in her family for over a century.

First set up by her grandma and great-aunt, the stall was then passed on to her mother and finally Daphne took over the business 18 years ago.

But last week the stall, which has supplied curtains to customers across the world, had its final curtain call.

Daphne said: “Market trading is not a job, it’s a way of life. You’re either in it or you’re not.”

She added: “It’s quite an education as you meet so many different people from all walks of life.”

Daphne’s skills, passed on to her by her mother, saw her provide the complete service from measuring, fitting rails to making the curtains.

She said: “I felt it was the right time to go. I’ll miss all the comradery and all the customers that have stuck with us over the years.”

Market trading is in Daphne’s blood and her great-aunt was one of the first traders in the market hall, selling toys.

Daphne started working on the market aged eight, helping her great-aunt.

Her family, the oldest standing on Chesterfield market, also ran a curtain shop in Bolsover for over 80 years.

She said: “It’s been quite touching saying my goodbyes.”

 

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