Sunday, 25 November 2012

Seven-year-olds Rose Cameron (left) and Isabel Price are pictured above enjoying a roundabout bus ride at Silsden’s annual Christmas Market on November 25. Shops open included Cafe Cake, in Briggate, where outdoor sales were run by Lisa Shackleton (pictured below) while her mother and father, owners Norman and Pauline Pickard, were busy inside. All the pastries, pies, cakes and other goodies are made on the premises.

Former overlooker Peter Mitchell is pictured above operating a Dryad floor loom at his tiny weaving shed (pictured below) off New Road. Peter returned to weaving after running the Dogsbody and Friends pet shop in Kirkgate from 1995 until 2008. He then converted a cold store at the rear of the pet shop, which for many years had been Morrell’s greengrocery, into a weaving shed. It measures 3 metres by 3 metres but is big enough to accommodate the floor loom and a table-top loom. Peter makes anything to order, as well as offering tuition in this traditional skill.