A WITTON Street shop is to join hundreds across the UK as it takes part in Yarn Shop Day this weekend.

Crafty Stitches has exciting activities planned for Saturday, April 27 – the biggest event in the calendar for knitting and crochets fans which falls on the shop's 21st anniversary.

Customers who visit the shop on the day will be able to take advantage of offers, goody bags, and an insight into the shop's Pandas4Pandas project alongside Cheshire Police.

The fun-filled day also supports Britain’s independent wool shops which, as well as a place to buy supplies, are often the hub of the area's crafting community.

Joan Hubbard of Crafty Stitches said: “Once again, we’re delighted to be taking part in Yarn Shop Day and we hope to welcome customers old and new on the day.

"This year we see in the 21st year of Crafty Stitches on Yarn Shop Day and we promise to make it the best one yet.

“These are tough times for bricks-and-mortar stores but events like this help to highlight the valuable service we offer.

"Customers rely on their local yarn shop for more than just needles and wool – it’s a place to get advice, meet like-minded people and feel part of a crafting community.

"We would like to thank our lovely customers and as such, we will have goody bags for all customers spending £20 or more on the day.”

The family run business has been part of Northwich’s high street for the last 21 years, but its history as a wool shop goes back to 1946, when it started out as West Wools after the Second World War. For many years though, Joan has been involved in giving back to the community, including supporting St Luke’s Hospice, Hats for Heroes and more recently the Pandas for Pandas initiative with Cheshire Police.

Daughter Louise said: “We pride ourselves on helping our local community and regularly involve ourselves in various charity projects and this year, we are supporting Cheshire Police with our Panda for Panda initiative.

“Crafty Stitches is 21 years old on Yarn Shop Day, and 21 customers will have the chance to receive a discount voucher giving them 21 per cent off their next purchase.

"We will also have 10 per cent discount vouchers and free pattern vouchers in gift bags that we’ll be handing out alongside other goodies too.”

The event has been organised by leading publications Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting and last year over 200 outlets took part nationwide.