Market man’s fitting town centre tribute

Alan Smith. Picture: Submitted

Alan Smith. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Submitted

A funeral cortege will make its way through the Market Place in honour of one of its former leaders.

From 1990 until 2004 Alan Smith was the chairman of the Great Yarmouth branch of the Market Traders Federation.

On what would have been his 84th birthday next Monday, the procession will start at the bottom of Regent Street before heading through the market to St Nicholas Minister.

At 1.45pm the cortege will drive through the Market Place from the barriers near the River Island clothes shop.

Mr Smith was born in Fleggburgh in August 1932. After leaving school he trained as a builder before undertaking national service in 1950.

He joined the RAF as a regular before he became a fireman in 1955 at Acle for ten years.

He met his wife Gloria in 1956 and they were married four years later.

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Mr Smith retrained in later life and became head chef at King's Casino before he took on his role with the market, where his wife ran an ice cream stall for many years.

He was a member of the Ancient Order of Druids for 50 years and an almoner at the St Mary's Lodge of the Freemasons.

Son Carl, said his father was a real family man.

He added: 'He was quite funny and could always tell a story.

'He was a good father and certainly will be missed by the family.'

Carl, who is a borough councillor, said that his father had a few run-ins with the council in his time representing traders, which he found ironic.

Mr Smith and his wife had five children, Carl, Paul, Karen, Maria and Alan, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The funeral service takes place at St Nicholas Minster at 2pm before a burial in Gorleston.

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