THERE’S been plenty of change at Market Cross Jewellers in the year since our last visit.
The store has been extended and it has extended its range of watch brands substantially, to bring a bright new look to the shop.
Manager Gill Ellison said: “It is more open and more spacious and the reaction to the changes have been really positive from the public.”
The store’s former feature of an island unit in the middle has gone to help add to the more spacious feel.
Yet while there has been plenty of change, there are still many of the traditional features which make Market Cross a winner.
And that includes the wide selection of wedding rings.
“It is still a big part of what we do,” said Gill as she showed this year’s Bride of the Year winners Gemma and Andrew around the store.
She said white gold and platinum were the popular choices for wedding rings at the moment and added: “We really do enjoy being part of the Bride of the Year competition.
“It is a lovely feeling to know you are helping someone to enjoy their special day.”
Watch out for more to come from Market Cross jewellers which will be bringing back the china department.
Beaming bride-to-be Gemma browsed through the huge selection of rings and admitted: “There’s certainly plenty to choose from. It is a big choice.” But she has already decided she wants a plain band.
She said: “I like the white gold but I am more of a gold person. I suppose I am quite traditional.”
Andrew chips in and says: “It is a great shop and it is good to be able to choose from such a nice range of rings.”
The rings are part of a fantastic £13,000 wedding package which the couple are now in the process of putting together.
Bride-to-be Gemma, a mum to six-year-old Madeline, will marry husband-to-be Andrew, a Hartlepool refuge collector, in early September in the Captain’s Cabin on board HMS Trincomalee.
Gemma told how her six-year-old daughter Madeline was the inspiration behind mummy becoming Hartlepool’s new champion.
She said her daughter spent time writing down the things that she and fiance Andrew could say to the Bride of the Year judges on the finals night - and her words of inspiration paid dividends.