AN ANTIQUE arts and crafts emporium has opened its doors in Haltwhistle.

Attic, on Westgate, is a collaboration of friends, Tina Heslop and Janette Kendrew.

Tina is a renowned artist, and has a keen eye for collectibles and vintage clothing, which are current and selling.

Janette has been dealing in antiques and salvage for more than 30 years, and sought an outlet for her quirky ideas, and love of vintage items.

She said: “We have listened to what the local community would like and realised there was a market for second-hand preloved items.

“Our ethos of promoting recycled, reusable items, and not wanting to see an empty shop on the main street, has led us to opening the Attic.

“These are exciting times ahead for Haltwhistle, South Tynedale Railway and the regeneration of Hadrian Paint Works, to name but a few, and we want to be part of that.”

After recently opening the shop, the pair already have gathered together a plethora of items. These include ornaments, bric-a-brac, furniture, hand-made one-off interior pieces and artwork, as well as ceramics, soft furnishings, lampshades, cushions and clothing.

Janette added: “We are eager to increase footfall and trade, working closely with the Chamber of Trade, Haltwhistle Town Council and Haltwhistle Partnership. We will be open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm.

“Not only are we here to sell, but know how important it is to support other traders.”