Blair’s started out with a butter basket filled with goods, which they offered for sale underneath the Market Cross, prior to the Covered Market opening over 150 years ago. Back then traders would pick their stock from the fields in the morning, saddle up the horse and cart, and travel to the market place (which was open for business from 3-10.00pm). Today Blair’s remain unique. As an original stallholder in the Covered Market, they still offer field to fair goods, locally grown at their smallholding on the outskirts of Darlington. In 2012, Robin Blair received a British Empire Medal for his services to the market community.
Robin officially joined his father John Joseph's stall when he was just 15, although he helped from the tender age of seven 16