Jubilee raffle is belting idea

A SHOPKEEPER has come up with a belting idea to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as well as raise cash for a good cause.

Kevin Hogg, who runs The Leather shop on Dale Road, has created a unique belt with the help of the Identity Store on Holt Lane, which he is now raffling off.

It was painstakingly carved by Kevin, but he then had photographs of the Queen, through the 60 years of her reign, printed along it.

The 50-year-old explained: “I came up with the idea, I wanted to do something or the jubilee, everybody in the town is going jubilee mad so I made this.

“It took me a couple of hours to make it and the the Identity Store printed the pictures for me.

“It depicts the Queen’s reign from when she was young to now.

“I’m pleased with the way it looks, a belt like this would usually cost £50 but this is a one-off, there’s won’t be any more.”

The belt has gone on display in the window of Kevin’s shop and raffle tickets are available to buy now at £1 each.

The draw will be made on June 2.

Kevin, who has run the shop for the past two years, has chosen Help For Heroes to donate all of the proceeds to.

He made the decision to raise the funds because of the links of the armed forces to the Queen, and he thought it was worthwhile.

He added: “We hope to raise between £400 and £500 if possible.”