A POPULAR fruit vendor that has served the community of Wantage for more than a decade will no longer take part in the busy weekly market.

Jason and Pippa Metheven, who run J and P Fruits, thanked their loyal customers as they packed up their stall at the Saturday market for the last time.

In a heartfelt post in the Wantage & Grove community page on Facebook they announced: "We have enjoyed serving you over the past ten years come rain or shine, and really appreciate your loyalty and custom.

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"It has been a pleasure serving you all and we are going to miss you."

People in Wantage were shocked and saddened by the sudden announcement, with many wishing them 'good luck' for the future and thanking them for 'brightening their Saturday mornings'.

One shopper Margaret Stamp said: "Thank you for all the cheerful Saturday banter as well as the fruit and vegetables.

"You will be missed and I wish you all the very best for the future."