A LONG-SERVING Doncaster market trader has reached a significant milestone as he celebrates 40 years of working at the town’s popular fish market.
Nigel Berry, 53, started out as an apprentice fishmonger aged 13 in 1971, working on the family-run stall that is now Jackson’s, and went on to spend four decades on the fish stalls, eventually acquiring his own business, Marsden’s Shellfish, which he currently runs.
Nigel, of Armthorpe, has loved the social atmosphere of the market over the years, and claims it is the people he meets who have kept him in the job for so long.
“It’s the people of the market who make it what it is. It’s a unique place, and although we’ve suffered as supermarkets have grown, we’re fighting back now and all the food markets have an excellent reputation. We have 15 fishmongers still trading here so the choice is wonderful,” he said.
And with such a long period of service at the helm of a busy stall, Nigel has been able to observe close at hand the changes in the public’s fish-buying habits.
“When I started out people bought very traditional fish, but now that so many people holiday abroad, their tastes have changed and they’re more adventurous; they want unusual fish, like sea bass and swordfish. We import from as far away as New Zealand now, and we sell some products, such as crab, all year round now, whereas in the past they were only available in season,” he explained.
Nigel has no immediate plans to retire and added that he intends to keep working for as long as he can stand, and hopes to be a fixture of the market for another 30 years!