Tributes to market trader

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton meets stallholder Norman Rouse at Doncaster's fish market.
Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton meets stallholder Norman Rouse at Doncaster's fish market.

Tributes have been paid to Doncaster’s longest serving market trader who has died after dedicating over 70 years to his customers.

Norman Rouse, 93 was so committed to his N. Rouse Fish, Game and Poultry stall in Doncaster Market that he was still working up until two months ago.

Speaking about the market veteran who started working during the second world war Colin Wilson who is taking over the stall said: “He was a real character, he liked to have a bet on the horses and a pint of John Smith’s.

“Everyone knew him. Before he passed away I had hundreds of phone calls from different people all asking how he was.

“He was a good boss, the stall was his life, it wasn’t like a job to him.”

Fellow stall holder Nigel Berry added: “I started 41 years ago and he was an old man then, it’s amazing that he carried on working for as long as he did.

“I think it was coming to work that kept it going for as long.

“Everyone knew him, he was a real character and always had a story to tell.” Mr Rouse’s funeral takes place on April 24 at Rose Hill Crematorium at 10.20am.