60 Years on the Market


Salisbury City Council and Salisbury Charter Market gathered yesterday to wish Colin Hinton a very happy 75th birthday and celebrate his milestone of working on the market for over 60 years.

Mr Hinton started working at the Charter Market at the age of 12 for Mick Gill of the Quick Turnover grocers after they came to Salisbury just before the Second World War.

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 still sells meats, homemade sausages and burgers to visitors of the market.

He is well-known as the smartest man on the market – always dressed in a suit – and is a popular Salisbury character.

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 of approximately 70 stalls of various sizes offering a wide range of goods including food, clothes, plants and gift items.

This is the sort of story that should have had a comment from the Mayor of Salisbury, the Civic Head of the City.

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