Swansea City match prize leads to 30 years of trading for Neath stall holder
A NEATH market stallholder, whose dreams came true when she won £1,000 at a Swansea City match, has celebrated 30 years as a trader.
Pam Roche knew instantly what to spend her prize money on when she won the club lottery - and it wasn't relaxing by any means.
"I’d always wanted to open a stall in Neath Market, but thought it was a pipe-dream," she said.
"That money gave me the chance to make my dreams come true."
She bought a small six foot by nine foot stall, and opened Trendy Tots, where she, along with her mum and sisters, would knit and crochet baby clothes to sell.
But demand started to grow, and she soon had her own army of 26 ladies crocheting and knitting for her. When knitted garmets became unfashionable, she and husband Mike travelled to London, to find trendy, quality suppliers of baby and children’s clothes at reasonable prices.
Today, Trendy Tots has expanded to three stalls in a full Neath Market and Mrs Roche looks back at the past thirty years with fond memories.
"I could retire now – but I won’t," she said.
"I love working in Neath Market; the friendly atmosphere, the other stall holders, and of course my loyal customers.
"Just like Swansea City, we’re going from strength to strength.
"I wouldn’t change a thing."
To help celebrate, Mr and Mrs Roche were visited by Swans legend, Lee Trundle, and were thrilled by the visit.
Neath Market has been serving the people of Neath for more than 170 years - and Mrs Roche says she has seen changes in the comparatively short time she has been there.
"When the rugby was in the town, we used to get people from Llanelli and everywhere coming," she added.
"It's been quieter since."