Salisbury City Council and Salisbury Charter Market gathered yesterday morning (Tuesday 18th August) to wish Colin Hinton a very happy 75th birthday and celebrate his milestone of working on the market for over 60 years.
Colin started working at the Charter Market at the age of 12 for Mick Gill of the Quick Turnover grocers. They would set off in the early hours of the morning to purchase stock from “old” Covent Garden market and return to sell to Salisbury residents that same day. He continued to work for them for just over 50 years.
He then moved on to work for Pritchetts Butchers where he is still sells meats, homemade sausages and burgers to visitors of the market and is a popular character around Salisbury, known for always wearing a suit.
The Charter Market has been in existence since 1227 and is still a bustling and popular asset to the community. The large twice-weekly outdoor market is held in Salisbury Market Place every Tuesday and Saturday from 8am until 2pm. It comprises approximately 70 stalls of various sizes offering a wide range of goods including food, clothes, plants and gift items. With social distancing measures in place, visitors can be assured of a safe shopping experience.
Cllr Jeremy Nettle, Leader of the Council, said, “It is so important to support and visit our local shops, markets and businesses to help them bounce back from Covid-19. Salisbury Charter Market is a safe place to shop with a great team in place and a fantastic variety of goods to choose from.
“I would like to thank Colin for his contribution and loyalty over the many years and helping to make our Charter Market unique! I wish him a very happy 75th birthday.”