Shop opens with a bang

Micky and Minnie Mouse were the star guests on Saturday as the Exterme Entertainment officially opened their new shop in Horden. Pictured with them (from left) are Dom Cassidy, Catherine Wilson and husband and wife team Rachel and Keith Stirman.

Micky and Minnie Mouse were the star guests on Saturday as the Exterme Entertainment officially opened their new shop in Horden. Pictured with them (from left) are Dom Cassidy, Catherine Wilson and husband and wife team Rachel and Keith Stirman.

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AN innovative balloon act who appeared on a TV talent show is feeling buoyant after opening a new shop.

Keith Stirman and Dominic Cassidy, who perform as The Balloon Brothers, have opened their All Things Fun business in Horden.

The pair, who appeared on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent last year, have relocated from their smaller premises which was in a less prominent location in the village’s Fifth Street.

The new shop went off with a bang during an open day to launch the business’s new home.

Visitors were treated to appearances by a number of mascots, including Disney characters and Iggle Piggle from children’s TV series In The Night Garden.

Keith, 36, from Horden, who also performed on the day as his alter ego Magic Jack, said: “We had lots through the doors on our open day, it was packed.

“At times we had up to 50 people in the shop.

“Our old shop would never have been able to cope with anything like that.”

Keith, whose wife Rachel, 33, is the shop’s manager, said the first week of business was good.

He added: “The response has been excellent – a lot of our old customers said how much bigger and better and more spacious the new place is.

“We have also got new customers who had never really heard of us who had lived in Horden all their lives.

“But now all of a sudden we are on the main road and people can see us and we get a lot more passing trade – it’s perfect.”

Keith and Dominic thanked their friends, family and customers who supported them in helping to get the new shop open within four weeks.

As previously reported by the Mail, Keith, and Dominic, 35, who is originally from Sedgefield, have been travelling the world teaching their balloon tricks at conventions and workshops and they are now looking forward to showing off their skills at the World Balloon Convention, in Dallas, Texas, next March as well as at an event in Jerusalem in January.