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Christmas comes early as Ryedale couple win a sparkling surprise

Husband and wife from Pickering win dazzling emerald and diamond bracelet from Libby Butler Jewellers in Helmsley as it celebrates 10 years in business

A couple from Pickering is celebrating after winning a 58 emerald and 10pt diamond bracelet from a jewellery shop in Helmsley.

Libby Butler Jewellers launched a competition earlier this year for the chance to win the dazzling white gold tennis bracelet, worth almost £1,200, to celebrate the current owners 10th year at the helm.

Anyone could enter the competition, either by making a purchase from the shop, or by buying a ticket for £2 – with almost £300 proceeds from the purchased tickets going to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Colin Clifford and his wife Sally Clifford were drawn as the winners at a special Christmas shopping event, having been entered into the competition following the purchase of a STORM London watch.

Andy Mardle and Carolyn Frank took over Libby Butler Jewellers in June 2009 and this year also purchased the freehold on the building, which was available for the first time since 1975. Running a small business of her own so inspired Carolyn Frank, she now works full time for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), supporting other business owners across North Yorkshire. Her partner Andy Mardle continues to run Libby Butler Jewellers, which sells jewellery and watches for men and women from its store on Helmsley’s Borogate.

Andy Mardle said: “We were delighted to surprise Colin and Sally with this early Christmas present! In fact, Sally joked that Colin could have kept it quiet and surprised her for Christmas with it! We are also really pleased that the competition has raised funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research and we will be passing on nearly £300 to this valuable local charity whose Helmsley committee are very proactive. 

“We are grateful to all our customers, from Helmsley, Malton, Pickering, Ryedale and beyond, who have supported us in our first ten years in business and look forward to serving them for many more decades to come. December is our busiest month of the year with people looking for Christmas gift ideas and we are open every day including Christmas Eve. So, we look forward to welcoming our many regular customers along with new visitors and wish all of them, and all the other brilliant independent businesses in Helmsley, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”

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