Tributes to stalwart market holder whose stall was children’s favourite

Violet Ellison
Violet Ellison
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ONE of Sheffield’s best known market traders has died at the age of 86 following a long illness.

Violet Ellison set up her business – Violet’s Cards and Toys – in the city’s Rag and Tag Market more than 50 years ago.

When the old market closed she moved into the Sheaf Market in 1973, where she traded until its closure.

Throughout her half century of working life, Violet’s stall became a magnet for excited children who would drag their mums and dads to see the displays of toys, puzzles and dot-to-dot books and plead with them to buy them something.

Violet’s son Stephen recalls that his mum was well into her 70s when she decided finally to call it a day.

He said: “Right up to the end people would come to the stall, some to buy and others just to have a chat.

“It was a way of life for many people back then.”

For the last month of her life Violet was a resident in the Alpine Lodge Care Home on Alpine Road, Stocksbridge.

Previously she lived on Elm Lane at Sheffield Lane Top.

Violet, who died 22 years to the day after her husband Willis, leaves a daughter, Susan, aged 60, and Stephen, 58.

She also leaves four grandchildren Stevie, Jaime, Suzi and Rory, as well as four great grandchildren Madison, India, Brodie and Giorgio.

Stephen said: “We’d just like to thank all who helped Violet and her family through her difficult autumn years.

“Special thanks go to all at Alpine Lodge Nursing Home and at the Macmillan Palliative Care Unit at the Northern General Hospital, Dr Atkin of Valley Medical Centre and last but by no means least, Dr Thiyagesh and Nurse Jean Linstead.

“Without these people, and without all the truly caring professionals we came into contact with through mum’s later years, coping would have been much more difficult.”

A funeral service will take place at Abbey Lane Cemetery at 2pm this Thursday.

The family request that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or to Macmillan Cancer Care.