Women over 50 prove they’re top of the shops

Sandra Bradbury, Norah Pitchforth and Lynne Thompson have all set up shop at The Ridings.
Sandra Bradbury, Norah Pitchforth and Lynne Thompson have all set up shop at The Ridings.
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THREE determined women over 50 are proving that age is just a number after changing careers to set up their own business in a Wakefield shopping centre.

Lynne Thompson, Sandra Bradbury and Norah Pitchforth all run independent retail outlets at The Ridings Centre.

Former purchasing manager Lynne, 57, has set up Created in Yorkshire – a co-operative run by 25 different craft makers, offering hand-made crafts.

She said: “I have a creative and artistic side that I always thought would lend itself well to retail. As I got older my confidence grew and with many life experiences under my belt, it spurred me on to pursue a passion of mine.”

She added: “It is never too late and your age should not act as a barrier. My advice would be to just go for it; the only person that stops you is yourself.”

Norah, 69, was semi-retired and selling antiques on the internet before setting up Wakefield Antiques and Collectables Centre in September last year.

Norah, who runs the store with her husband, said: “I have always loved retail. Thanks to The Ridings I have been able to realise my dream and I hope I have many years to come in retail. I’m thoroughly enjoying it and wouldn’t change it for the world.”

She added: “You are never too old to enter into retail. You might not have as much confidence as when you were younger, but you have more life experience, which counts as a lot.”

Sandra, 68, who had worked in business management for several years, has set up the Artworld Gallery.

She said: “The independent retail scene in The Ridings has grown enormously since I have become a retailer here. That’s what makes the centre different, as well as having your high street giants you can also browse unique independents selling one-of-a-kind pieces.”

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