This Saturday will see the end of an era when a long-established DIY market trader closes his stall for the last time.
Richard Chadwick, 44, bought and has run the Williams Ironmongers business for 10 years, but its history extends back some seven decades. The stall was originally in the old Huddersfield Market Hall, but then moved into the Queensgate Market Hall which replaced it in 1970.
Mr Chadwick, who has a background in engineering, told The Huddersfield Daily Examiner that it was discount shops rather than DIY multiples that had driven the final nail in the coffin of his business.
"People no longer come into the market but go instead to all the bargain shops all over the town centre," he said. Lack of trade has accelerated over the last two years, he added, with some days bringing in almost no customers to his stall.
He said his staff had dwindled from three to just one over the years.
Mr Chadwick, who specialised in an extensive range of ironmongery, will now try to return to engineering.