Celebrating the Great British High Street! This is how passionate out business community are about Pateley Bridge! Please read the business owners feelings on the area they live and work in….
Oldest Sweet Shop in England
The Oldest Sweet Shop is famous throughout the country and many parts of the world having been featured in the 2014 edition of Guinness World Records. Gloria Tordoff said “To run a business where everyone entering the premises has a smile on their face is priceless. From the youngest to the oldest, the sweet shop brings out a happiness no doubt from the colourful array of traditional sweets to many evoking fond memories. As the Oldest Sweet Shop in the country, we welcome visitors from throughout the world as well as our local loyal customers and we are proud to be carrying on a tradition that has served generations. Pateley Bridge with its long history and virtually unchanged High Street is a testament to how a High Street survives through good and bad times.”
A newly set up business in town is Chandler Retail Ltd under the brand Spar. The Chandler family all live locally and are well known in the community having previously run the Fruit and Veg Shop ‘Lottie and Ollies’ in Kings Court Yard before taking on Spar in 2016.
The newly reopened Spar looks fantastic with its food and drink displays – so much so the Directors of the Spar group came out to visit to see the shop displays for themselves with a view to other stores being similarly fitted out!
Liz, Lee, Shaun, Andrea say “Pateley Bridge is a wonderful place to live and work. Our local community is unique and we feel they are the friendliest you will find anywhere.”
Tim Ledbetter says “I run an outdoor clothing store and what better location than on a traditional High Street which is surrounded by unrivalled walking country. They talk of gods own country, well you’ve found it if you discover Pateley Bridge! Boots were made for walking as the song goes!”
Margaret Kendrew who has been working at the Pharmacy on Pateley Bridge High Street for over 50 years feels that having helpful friendly staff and shopkeepers is the key to keeping the High Street welcoming and vibrant. She says “We are more than just a Pharmacy, we are “a friend” to the local community especially to the older generation”. Samina who owns Pateley Pharmacy says “We are always there for a friendly chat or to listen to those who are in need”. Samina strongly feels that the Pharmacy is essential for the High Street as her business provides a wealth of information for locals as well as acting as a volunteer ticket seller for charity and community events.
The Old Bakehouse
Kerry who owns The Old Bakehouse said “People love the smell of our bread being baked which naturally draws them into the shop. We are told we are not just a bakery, but a delight to the senses! Our best sellers are our Yorkshire Curds, Bakewells and our own recipe fruit scones and flapjacks. Pateley Bridge is a fantastic place to live and run a business from.
RS Discounts & Pet Store
Richard Shillito says “I am a blunt Yorkshire man and I would say “if it ain’t from Pateley Bridge, it’s most probably not needed or no good!”
Jenny Atkinson – B&B
Such a stunning area with a great community spirit! As a B&B owner, I am proud to show customers the area we live and work in and the positive feedback I receive from them is fantastic!
Moxon and Simm
Moxon and Simm have worked at King Street Workshop in Pateley Bridge for almost 25 years! They make jewellery from Titanium which makes their work unique and highly collectable. Mrs Simm says “Pateley Bridge has all the amenities you need – so there is no need to go anywhere else!”
Park View Stores
Helen from Park View Stores which offers a full range of products of which any Supermarket would envy and has been doing so for over 30 years says “Our family run business prides itself on serving the local community offering a free delivery service and being at the centre of the town’s services. Pateley Bridge is unique in that it still offers that traditional mix of independently run shops with owners and staff who know their customers and know their products.”
Dacre Son & Hartley
Alison Reilly from Dacre Son & Hartley Estate Agents says “Pateley Bridge is in the heart of Nidderdale, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you can experience all the charms of rural life as well as visit numerous attractions in and around the local area. Pateley Bridge enjoys stunning scenery and a friendly welcome to everyone who lives and visits here.
I have lived in Pateley Bridge all my life and feel privileged to call it home. I work at Dacre, Son & Hartley and have done for the past 13 years. My husband has also lived in Pateley Bridge all his life as well as both our families. We both went to St Cuthbert’s Primary School and Upper Nidderdale High School and are 2 children attend the schools now too.
Pateley Bridge has many events that take place during the year which attracts visitors and locals alike. The 1940’s weekend will be into its 4th year in 2017 and really brings the town to life with a fantastic atmosphere. My youngest daughter loved listening to Kitty La Mare singing whilst people danced to her music and also going for a ride on the vintage bus!
The Nidderdale Show (known locally as the Pateley Show) is also a big attraction for the town which regularly attracts thousands of visitors and gives locals a chance to catch up with people they don’t tend to see from one year to another, not to forget the every popular funfair with the children and “big kids” alike.
I love living in Pateley Bridge and I think it proves how great a place we have when my 96 year old Grandma still lives here making our family a 4th generation of locals living in Pateley Bridge and hope my children will enjoy bringing their children up in Pateley too.”
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