MEG ELLIOTT, LEEK AUCTIONS
THE TAVERN, MELTON MOWBRAY MARKET
THE Tavern is the hub of Melton Mowbray Market. From the farmers’ breakfast to lunch or a pint after a hard day, the Tavern caters for all with a welcome from Di Booth’s team. It provides a farm to fork experience, using market traders and other suppliers, such as award-winning butchers Owen Taylor and Sons, who buy out of the ring, then supply meat to the Tavern. All of this is prepared with Di’s oversight to ensure market day ends with a quality, nutritious local meal and catching up on local news with their friends.
WILL PROBERT, NR.G. AND R.B. WILLIAMS
“I GRADUATED from Harper Adams last year and joined Ross-on-Wye Auction Centre. Having grown up on the family farm, I spent countless hours at markets from a young age, which was a driver behind my desire to pursue this career. I thrive off the ringside atmosphere and love the early morning start on sale day, greeting vendors, buyers and clients. Auctioneering is not just a career, but a way of life, and I encourage like-minded people into the industry at every chance, despite ongoing challenges in the sector.”
David Leggat joined United Auctions at Perth straight from school in 1975 as office boy working his way up to his current position of executive chairman. He says: “As a young boy attending markets with my family I became aware of the importance of livestock markets as a means of gathering stock and offering farmers competitive pricing mechanism which could add value to their business. I hold the same beliefs today and see a good future for the auction system.” Mr Leggat will step down as chairman of United Auctions at the end of the year but will remain involved in an ambassadorial role.