An independent travel agent celebrated opening her third shop by donning washing aprons, hair caps and saggy tights.
Jo Richards and her colleague Georgina Ainley dressed up as Nora Batty from Last of the Summer Wine to welcome customers to the new Tivoli Travel store in Holmfirth where the famous BBC sitcom was filmed.
“We actually kept getting the knickers on the washing line stuck in the door,” said Richards. “It was a bit of fun.”
The Tivoli team, a Global Travel Group member, offer all types of holiday, but will focus on long-haul – and they ahve already secured some big-ticket trips.
It is Tivoli’s third premises after Mirfield and Lindley, which opened in 2017 and 2019 respectively.
Richards, who has been working in independent agencies since 1986, said: “We have had a good welcome from local businesses, and some new bookings came in on Saturday.”
She has been looking to open in Holmfirth for some time, and was pipped to the post by Hays Travel in taking over the town’s former Thomas Cook shop.
“When Thomas Cook went into receivership, they had a shop in Holmfirth and I had looked at it," Richards told TTG.
"But then Hays bought it and I continued to look for something as an alternative rather than wait to see if Hays will close the shop.
“It was just unfortunate it didn’t happen, but I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.”
Tivoli’s Holmfirth branch is currently staffed by a team of five, but Richards added she would consider recruitment in the near future.