The VoiceÂ finalist Charley Blue was on hand to celebrate the first anniversary of one of town’s most artisan stores, which marked the occasion by throwing a party for loyal customers.
Relocating to Monson Road from its original pop-up in Ely Court last month, due to increasing demand for its products, The Silver Sheep has proved a hit among local consumers.
Founded by Caroline Smith and Sylvia Kus, The Silver Sheep was originally intended as a place to showcase their handmade silver jewellery and woollen clothes.
But the popularity of the store was also due to their extensive range of products, all of which are handmade within the south east.
Co-owner Mrs Smith said: “We have had a terrific response to our shop in Ely Court.
“People loved that everything was handmade – and they could even see us making jewellery or knitting a sweater as they browsed. It was a workshop, a gallery and a shop rolled into one.
“We’ve always given other local crafters and makers a chance to sell wares at The Silver Sheep too – from handmade chocolates to ceramicists and glassware.”
Mrs Kus added: “We had a brilliant opening party, Charley Blue, a finalist from the BBC’s The Voice, did a fantastic set and the wine was flowing -it was a real party atmosphere.
“We thank our established customers for helping us celebrate – and our new location means that lots of new people will discover us, too.
“None of us would want to live in a place where we just drive to an out-of-town supermarket to buy everything. Supporting local shops and talented makers is something that will keep the town thriving.”