Two policeman swooped on Steven Thoburn's market stall because he sold fruit and veg in pounds and ounces instead of European-approved metric weights
But in the No camp a leading figure is set to be Neil Herron, of Sunderland, who was involved in the campaign over traders refusing to sell goods in metric weights
Because of the shambles of the Imperial and metric weights
and measures system it will be neccessary to have a pricing structure of lbs/ozs/kilos/grms/per pence/per euro which will cause even more confusion for those people who don't understand the metric system.
Judge Bruce Morgan decided a European directive, which insisted that goods be sold in metric weights
, took precedence over a British Act of Parliament.
A survey of opinions on the switch to metric weights
and measures carried out by field marketing company Headcount has shown a mixed reaction among independent retailers.
He refuses to use metric weights
and measures at his stall in the north- east, because, he says, his customers prefer using pounds and ounces.
and metric weights
, food measurements and temperatures and provides answers to those simple-tough questions like, How many liters in a quart, tablespoons in 1/3 cup or how many "pinches" equal a teaspoon?
I use the word "burden" metaphorically as you can only take 15kg of luggage on its flights, that's a pair of ski boots and a T-shirt, if you're not good with metric weights
Mr Herron, who shot to prominence in a fight by Sunderland traders against the EU's insistence on metric weights
and measures, said: "The message is simply that I am not prepared to accept governance from Brussels and I am aware that the vast majority of the British public feel the way I do.
The greengrocer became the symbolic leader of the "Metric Martyrs," those shop-owners defying the EU orders to use only metric weights
Compared to the amount of publicity and easy-to-use conversion tables that were available during the transfer to decimal coinage 30 years ago, the Government's efforts to ease us into metric weights
and measures has been quite derisory.