Vernon, who has been selling toys for over 60 years, was joined by friends and family at a surprise party.
A surprise party for Vernon, organised by friend and industry colleague Marcello Rossi, was held at Highlands End in Bridport. Twenty seven guests attended the event, including, Marcello & Helen Rossi, Phil & Ian Moore, James Mowlam (Howleys Toy Shop), Adrian Franklyn (Vernon’s brother), Tony Jones (agent), Andy Robertson (retired agent) Roger Dyson (Toymaster), Mark & Mike Edwards (agents), Barry Morris (agent), Jeremy & Jane Walwin (previously of Ellenbray Toys in Frome), Jonathan Swallow (Ty Soft Toys), Ian Veitch (retired sales director), Robert & Diane Gliddon (Toymaster Sidmouth), Kelvin Vaughn (toy agent), Lee Edwards (retired toy agent), Craig Richards (Mattel), Matt & Clive Brown ( Toyshop Melksham & Trowbridge ), Dave Ross (toy agent ), John Bently (toy buyer for Beales ), and Tony Ryan (retired toy agent).
Vernon and his guests enjoyed a fun evening, helped by a plentiful supply of prosecco and wine sponsored by Toymaster and Ty Soft Toys. Rubies Masquerade had even provided masks of Vernon for the guests to wear (see below picture).
Marcello, who organised the event for Vernon, commented: “When I opened my first toy store in 1990 I soon realised I had a lot to learn. I met Vernon at the wonderful annual Toymaster show in Harrogate and we got on extremely well. When I first visited his store you could see how he seemed to have everything anyone might come in for, which he had achieved through his many years of trading. His toy shop was a perfect and timeless traditional store, and Vernon’s charm and exemplary customer service was inspiring to behold.”
“Through buying great deals together we shared information to help us both trade, and I was fortunate to learn from his great wisdom which helped keep me in check. When I heard of his retirement it felt natural and fitting to organise an event for such a wonderful person.”
Toy World would like to wish Vernon the very best for a long and happy retirement.