Cheers to first hat exhibition success

By Lily Chick

A GROUP of talented hat-makers is raising their glasses to their first exhibition which has opened in Denby Dale.

The Bellini Milliners’ exhibition features about 85 hats, each specifically made for the show and representing a cocktail drink, such as Margarita and St Clements’s.

Sue Carter is the mastermind behind the idea and has created the exhibition along with her business partner Marie Thornton and seven of their students, Liz Whitehead, Til Wright, Marilyn McNeill, Barbara Brown, Beryl Harrison, Pat Sykes and Joan Wood.

The women, including two from Delph and Dobcross, have met weekly for the past four years at Sue’s Studio in Huddersfield to learn the skills of making hats.

Marilyn McNeill, one of the Saddleworth-based members, said: “We are all so pleased with the exhibition and Sue is an amazing and well respected teacher.

“The exhibition was a wonderful addition to the shop Unravel.”

Til Wright, another of the students, added: “We had some amazing comments at the launch. People were delighted by our creations!”

The exhibition, at Unravel, 355, Wakefield Road, Denby Dale, HD8 8RP, runs until May 31. The hats can be viewed between 9.30am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and many of the hats are for sale throughout the exhibition.

For more information about The Bellini Milliners, email Sue Carter: or visit their website:


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