Laycock was the name of a man who opened this small jewellery store
back in the year 1924. Now his son Keith, who began working as a
teenage apprentice, is now 65, which means this family has been
serving from the heart of our community for well over fifty years.
is a fellow of the British Gemmological Institute (gems stones)
and a Fellow of the Horological Association (clocks and watches).
Like his father, Keith has passed on this knowledge and family trade
to his cousin’s daughter Becky.
the family footsteps, Becky now manages the jewellers shop and also
explains being qualified in all aspects of gemstones and jewellery.
Barbara, known locally as Mrs L, humbly admits to only being the
wife of Keith Laycock and also a member of the office staff.
years we have also become a pawnbrokers, which has helped many people
in the community” Mrs L told me.
As I was about
to leave, directly on time from behind the scenes, the old watchmaker
appeared. Introduced to me as ‘Steve the old watchmaker’,
he also began working here at the age of fifteen.
he very rarely makes an appearance,” explains Mrs L. I was