Officially open: Guiseley store that created new jobs

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

First published in News Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

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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