A BARNSLEY trader who made the Queen laugh when she opened the market in 1975 says he has fond memories of her visit.

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral last Thursday afternoon.

One of her many visits to the town included opening Barnsley Markets in 1975.

Royalist Keith Warner, who met the Queen as she was was being shown around the venue, managed to catch her attention.

He told the Chronicle: “When the previous Barnsley Markets opened, it was the Queen who opened it.

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“When she came round we were told not to talk to her.

“Because of the cheeky chappy I am I bowed down and caught her attention.

“I spoke to her and made her laugh - it made headlines at the time.

“It was a great honour both for me, and for the town as well.”