Frome Cheese & Grain trustee and market organiser Derek Maguire has lost his battle with cancer and sadly passed away on 5th January.
Derek was a champion of the Cheese & Grain and campaigned to keep it open 5 years ago when its future was uncertain. He was fiercely loyal and supportive of the community with high principles. He was liked and respected by all who knew him.
Derek was the driving force behind the Cheese & Grain winning the prestigious National environmental award Green Market of the Year.
He managed the weekly Wednesday and monthly Saturday Antiques market at the Cheese and Grain for many years and was a colourful character that worked tirelessly to support the markets in Frome.
Mel and Von Walton who traded with him for over 30 years at the markets both at the Cheese and Grain and previously in the old Market Hall said “he was a Frome icon” and they would “lay their lives on the line for him and he will be dearly missed.”
Karen Harley, Cheese and Grain Office Manager had worked with Derek since 1998 commented that “Derek was stoically supportive and loyal to traders and staff, he never failed to surprise us with his array of transport from a Sinclair C5 to a spotty van and always brought a smile to our faces with his colourful clothes.” Ray Rhymes who worked with Derek on the markets added he was “a wonderful colourful character who was willing to help with anything big or small and gave his time to helping others.”
The Cheese & Grain market traders and friends have had a collection and will plant a memorial tree and plaque in the garden beside the venue.
Derek’s funeral will be held at Semington Crematorium on 25th January at 12.15 with a gathering at Hilperton Village Hall afterwards.