Leeds nostalgia: Kirkgate Market

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In 1972 four old friends gathered at Leeds market to look back at over 60 years of working at this famous establishment.

Leeds businessman Jim Windsor and his three pals Enoch Barber, George Brown and Vinee Brooksbank were still busy serving customers after starting their careers before the First World War.

1972:  Jim Windsor (centre) pictured on one of the stalls with three of his old pals from 60 years who still work in the market.''Left to right; Enoch Barber (84), George Brown (77) and Vinee Brooksbank (79).

1972: Jim Windsor (centre) pictured on one of the stalls with three of his old pals from 60 years who still work in the market.''Left to right; Enoch Barber (84), George Brown (77) and Vinee Brooksbank (79).

In December 1975 a serious fire devastated the market but things were soon back up and running and pre-Christmas shoppers were undeterred just days after the calamity

Back in 1951 the fruit stalls were besieged by hats and overcoats just six years after the Second World War had brought dramatic shortages but it would be another three years before rationing was ended in 1954.

Early starts have always been a part of market life and our photographer was no exception when he turned up to snap these traders at the crack of dawn in 1970 as they inspected the very best produce.

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