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Preston Markets manager marks retirement after two decades

Posted on - 24th March, 2022 - 1:04pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, People, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston Council, Preston News, Proud Preston
David Bullock

Long-serving Preston Markets manager David Bullock will retire from his position this week after 20 years of service.

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David has seen many changes occur within the historic Victorian canopy and is arguably the longest-serving markets officer in the UK.

His career in local markets began in February 1979 when he worked as a market officer for Burnley Market, remaining for 16 years and gaining valuable experience before moving to Accrington market in January 1995 and Preston Markets in January 2000.

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David Bullock

David said: “I am sad to be leaving a job that I have enjoyed for over two decades, and I have seen many changes in my time as a markets officer.

“When I first started working on the markets in the late 1970s, everyone paid with cash, and the internet didn’t even exist.

“I wish my successor all the best in their new role, as it is a rewarding job with many opportunities to make a difference. I will miss my colleagues, but I am also looking forward to spending a lot more time on my vegetable plot.

“I could go on and on. But as a member of the RCCGB (Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain), I want to spend a bit more time whizzing around wood and steel rollercoasters!”

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Whether setting up the stalls on the markets at 6am, problem-solving or discussing trader contracts, David was always friendly, approachable and close at hand with a smile, with no job too big or small.

Neil Fairhurst, the deputy chief executive and director of customer services at Preston City Council, said: “Congratulations to David on his hard-earned retirement.

“David has been a hardworking and dependable markets manager at Preston Markets for over 20 years.

“He is always happy to lend a hand and will be sorely missed by colleagues and customers alike. I wish David a long and happy retirement.”

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Sam Livesey, Livesey’s Butchers and Head of Traders Association, said it feels like the end of an era.

Sam said: “David has been a part of every trader’s life for over 20 years, and we are sad to see him go.

“Not sure if he knows, but all the traders have appreciated his management and what impact he has had on us all. 

“A true market ambassador who has always done his utmost to help traders and colleagues alike. It does feel like we are losing one of our own.”

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Sam said David is someone they could rely on despite the fact it was not always plain sailing.

Sam said: “It’s been more of a rollercoaster, with plenty of ups and downs, but David has been a great manager who kept the market and traders on track.

“We wish him all the best in his retirement, and I’m sure we will keep in contact as, although he is not our market manager anymore, he’s our friend.”

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