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WAXING LYRICAL: Amanda Barry of Parable Candles inspects one of the final products before shipping
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TV exposure sends shop’s sales soaring BY SOPHIE HANCOX
APPEARING on a Channel 4 Christmas special has seen a craftshop become overwhelmed with customers. Parable Candles in Bishops Court Lane, Clyst St Mary, featured in Location, Location, Location star Kirstie Allsopp’s Kirstie’s Home-made Christmas. The show saw the presenter, who lives in Broadhembury searching for homemade items to furnish a Devon cottage. Among the items she selected were candles from the Clyst St Mary shop. Now Amanda Barry and Nigel Parker, who run the firm and say they had failed to turn a profit for six years, have never been busier. The company received so much interest following the show, its website crashed as thousands of people logged on to check out products. Miss Barry, 43, who owns the craft shop with her fiancee Nigel, 62, said: “We had really been struggling. We made no profit in six years and money was getting really tight but now people are panic buying our products and things are selling out.” The firm sells hand-crafted candles which replicate designs from vintage American
LEADING LIGHT: Nigel Parker at work wallpaper printing rollers that were collected by Mr Parker in the 1980s. He made a series of wax moulds replicating the prints which are then turned into candles. Each candle takes around 24 hours to make in their warehouse. “My fiancee is an experienced engineer and has worked on major projects like Concorde but it took him a long time to master the process,” Miss Barry said. The couple now have a range of almost 2,000 rollers to create candles. Each weighs up to 30 kilos, is incredibly delicate and has to kept in pristine condition to avoid irreversible damage. The firm’s designs are set to feature in celebrity inte-
rior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s forthcoming book Decorating which will be released in March 2010. Ms Barry said: “We sent him 220 kilos of candles for his book and he described our hand-made crafts as ‘the next must have’ interior buy.” The recent boost will enable the company to develop a new range of candles, lampshades and ornamental columns which will be available in the new year. Casting for the new series of Kirstie’s Home-made Home is taking place now. Visit www.iwcmedia.co.uk, or contact 01413 538433.
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ANY harassment of the man cleared of killing Crimewatch host and former Radio Devon presenter Jill Dando must stop, a High Court judge has ruled. The judge spoke out after the police were accused of “unlawfully harassing” Barry George by constantly stopping and questioning him since his acquittal — on one occasion because he had looked at officers “in a funny way”. The judge said he did not know if the allegations were true, but added: “If (George) is being harassed by police officers, or anybody else, let it be known I am prepared to say now it should stop.” George, 49, is fighting a High Court battle over the legality of the supervision of his movements by the Metropolitan Police and other agencies following his acquittal. He was cleared at a re-trial last year of murdering 37-year-old Miss Dando outside her London home in in 1999, and says he should now be free to rebuild his life.
Tara tunes up for Holly Ball
SINGER Tara Mathew will be leading Christmas songs at Torquay’s Holly Ball tonight. Tara, who released her debut single Christmas Present this year, is making a guest appearance at the event at the Grand Hotel. In Exeter for a year to record her first album, she led City fans in a world record attempt at St James’s Park earlier this month. The record, the largest gathering of people shaking hands and wishing each other merry Christmas, is currently being adjudicated by Guinness World Records. Tara will be performing a short set including her single, which is raising money for BBC Children in Need, as her royalties are being donated to the charity.
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