A MARKET trader is swapping his usual stall for an office as he takes up a new role.

James Wilson, who works at his family’s bag stall at Durham Market Hall, has been appointed as its new assistant manager.

Colin Wilkes, managing director at the market, said: “It’s the ideal appointment really, we’ve found someone who fully understands what it’s like to operate as a market trader.

“James knows the pressures that small independent businesses face because he’s been there.

“Now he’s in a position to help the management team working to encourage shoppers into the city centre, giving them great reasons to shop with small independent businesses, and ensuring our markets, including the Market Hall with its 50 traders, the Outdoor Markets and special markets we stage during the year, remain visible and relevant and have a genuine appeal to anyone in and around Durham.”

Mr Wilson said: “I grew up around markets, and most recently have enjoyed being back in Durham Market Hall.

“However, a change of career direction for my wife left me running the stall alone and prompted my decision to apply for the management opportunity when it arose.

“I’m still working in the same place, surrounded by traders who have become great friends, and within the business I’ve known all my life.”