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Sew impressed with Amble

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l-r: Bridget McGregor, Josie Dunne and Anna Walsh

Two visitors to the Friendliest Port have been praising the town and say they will be recommending it as a holiday destination.

Educational Psychologist Anna Walsh and retired Head Teacher Bridget McGregor, who live in Maidenhead, were inspired to visit Amble on a patchwork and quilting holiday, after seeing it advertised online.

Anna said “We were looking on the internet and we saw Josie Dunne’s holiday cottage in Amble, offered with patchwork and quilting lessons, and we thought it would make a great break for Bridget who has just taken early retirement.”

She laughed: “ We went ‘we’re leaving our families behind and off we go!’ We booked in for a couple of quilting courses, but Josie is great, she just guides you along so you get to do things you don’t expect.”

Josie Dunne runs Funkyneedlework, based in the Old Fourways, where she offers quilting classes for beginners and improvers. The quilting holiday experience is a recent addition to her business.

The pair thoroughly enjoyed their week’s holiday-with-a-difference, and were very impressed with Amble and its residents.

Bridget said “Amble is wonderful, we kind of expected something a little emptier. We couldn’t believe the lovely independent shops, the nice variety of eating places. It was great to see somewhere so thriving. We got such a shock to see the Harbour – the sun was just setting, it was beautiful.”

Anna added “We ate at the Old Boat House, Sea & Soil and Zecca, where I had one of the nicest pizzas I’ve ever had. The people are so friendly, they can’t do enough for you. We’re sad to be leaving.”

The women hope that they will be able to return with their families in the not too distant future.

“We’ll be telling everyone back home how lovely Amble is” said Anna.

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