Death of popular Romford Market trader

PUBLISHED: 15:22 30 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:22 30 December 2015

Bobby Alabaster'’s usual pitch was filled with flowers after he recently passed away

Bobby Alabaster'’s usual pitch was filled with flowers after he recently passed away


Tributes have been paid to a popular Romford market trader who sold fruit and vegetables in the market for more than 40 years.

Bobby Alabaster’s stall and his frequent cries of “bowl, bowl, bowl!” were a regular fixture at the market for decades.

He retired three years ago but was still frequently spotted in the market.

His usual pitch was filled with flowers this week after the local character passed away before Christmas.

Now tributes have poured in from fellow stall-holders, who all recalled his sense of humour and dedicated sales patter.

Angie McCleod, who runs the flower stall besides Bobby, said he would be greatly missed.

She said: “He was a very nice man who would be running his stall every market day.

“He had been working at that stall since he was a kid and everybody knew him.

“He retired and has been missed from the market since but I still saw him knocking about.”

Stall-holder Lisa Johnson, said Bobby was full of life.

She said: “He never ever stopped.

“Even when he was talking to you, he would still be selling his fruit and vegetables.”

The funeral will be held at Romford Church on January 14, at 12:30pm.

Anyone is welcome to attend

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