Jewellers close after golden years

Gladys Duranczyk outside her shop in Hebden Bridge.
Gladys Duranczyk outside her shop in Hebden Bridge.
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A Hebden Bridge jewellery shop has closed after 52 golden years in the town.

Gladys Duranczyk and her husband opened the jewellery shop on Market Street in 1963, before moving to Carlton House, and finally to Hope Street for 25 years.

Mrs Duranczyk, 88, said: “It’s changed a lot over the years, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it - change as well.

“I’ve been working 6 days a week for more than fifty years so it’s time for a different pace of life.”

Mrs Duranczyk is now moving to Luddendenfoot to be closer to her daughter, who suffers from fibromyalgia.

She said: “I’d like to thank people in Hebden Bridge for all the flowers and well wishes. I couldn’t believe how many there were!

“I suppose I didn’t realise how many customers I’d had over the years.”

Mrs Duranczyk also extended her thanks to Nigel, who has helped her at the shop for the past 31 years.

The store is currently being rennovatedafter Nigel decided to open a jewellery business of his own called N C Jewellers.

“I hope people will be as kind to him as they have been to me,” said Mrs Duranczyk.

Before being a jewellery shop, the Hope Street premesis was an electrical goods store and Mrs Duranczyk rennovated it from scratch.

During her career she spent two years as the chairman of the National Association of Goldsmiths and was on the committee for all the years she was in business.