Saturday, 19 June 2021

Tributes to veteran village market stallholder

TRIBUTES have been paid to a market stallholder who has died, aged 91.

Doris Wells regularly had a stall at Sonning Common Village Market since it began in the Eighties.

Chris Neal, who runs the market with his wife Valerie, said: “All of her friends here will miss her. She was a well-known face to customers, both Sonning Common residents and people from further afield.

“Her wares were highly regarded and sought out. On the odd occasions when she wasn’t there people would say they had come especially for her stall.”

Mrs Wells, from Reading, sold items she had knitted as well as a range of home-made cakes, jams, chutneys and marmalades. Mr Neal, from Shiplake, said: “Her products were all very popular with the customers. She was a dab hand at knitting and produced an awful lot of baby clothes to the extent that some people who had worn them as babies were coming back to buy them for their own babies.

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