Officially open: Guiseley store that created new jobs

Ilkley Gazette: Author Antonia Crawford with Tom Marshall and Lydia Smith and her children’s fantasy book Author Antonia Crawford with Tom Marshall and Lydia Smith and her children’s fantasy book

Twenty-three jobs have been created in Guiseley with the opening of a superstore chain dedicated to arts and crafts.

Hobbycraft opened on Wednesday, Novem-ber 21, but had its official opening ceremony on Saturday.

Nursery pupils from the nearby Busy Bees Nursery declared the store open.

The opening marked the beginning of a weekend of celebra-tions.

Activities included balloon-modelling, art demonstrations, free face- painting and make and play sessions for children.

The first 100 customers through the doors of the store, at Guiseley Retail Park, received a free gift.

New store manager Alison Pett said Guiseley was a town rich in community spirit and creativity.

She added: “The people I’ve met out and about are thrilled about Hobbycraft opening. We’ll have something to offer everyone.

“There’s home crafts and jewellery-making to kids ‘make and take’ sessions and art essentials.”

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