Ekins Livestock Auction in New Street, which closed in the 1980s, was redeveloped as Old Market Court sheltered housing. Cattle, sheep and pig auctions were still held on Thursdays in the early 1980s.
“From recollections of Ekins staff from 1950s & 1960s it is believed that sitting in the centre of the front row are local butchers Joe Peck & Howard Bonham and farmer John Chapman. Others in the photo are believed to include Wally Theobalds, Johnny Bigg, Mac Boddington, Bert Sharman, Alan Cope, Archie Sewell, Harry Childerly, Wally Mumford and Mr Barnett from Fenstanton and the drover was Punch Huckle” – By Brian Storey (20/02/2016)
The Livestock Auction Market in New Street, St Neots was run by Ekins Witherow and Handley and was the largest pig market in East Anglia. It attracted buyers from a wide area and it was a weekly meeting place for local farmers. The market ran until 1985 when the site was redeveloped as the Old Market Court Residential Flats. The auctioneer in the 1950s was Victor Ekins, later joined as auctioneers in the late 1960s by his son Anthony and Brian Storey and Michael Alexander.