A MARKET trader proved he was in super shape at the 2010 Retailer of the Year gala awards evening.

Sycamore Wholefoods took the popular Market Traders category beating off stiff competition to collect the award from St Albans Civic Society member Eric Roberts.

Patrick Jeavons, business partner of the stall, and his team work tirelessly all year round selling health foods and products at St Albans market.

Patrick said: “After 34 years of training we have finally been recognised for the excellent work that we do.

“St Albans is kept alive by the market, it offers something different to other places and we are so lucky to have it.”

The other shortlisted nominees in the category were: Russell Crombie, Biscuits and More, The Cheesewheeler and Stanley Green's Fabrics - last year’s category winners.