Morecambe framer joins 'creative corner'

Thirty-year-old Tom Chesters is expanding his framing business.

Tom, who established Bay Framing three years ago, is moving into a formerly disused shop on Morecambe's Regent Road.

As well as housing his framing operation, the shop has gallery space to display work by local artists. He currently frames the work of artists Graham Lowe and Jenny McCabe among others.

Tom began his framing career at 16 before launching his own venture in 2014. Today, Bay Framing works with prints, needlework, tapestries, memorabilia, vinyl records and football shirts.

He said: “Moving to the West End represents growth for the business. Previously I had to divide my time between the stall on Morecambe Festival Market and my workshop based at White Cross, Lancaster.

"Now everything is all under one roof. I can serve customers and also carry out the framing which is better for the customer."

Bay Framing is also set to take part in the West End Weekend, on October 7 and 8, a celebration of Morecambe’s ‘Creative Quarter’. The shop is displaying work by local artist, Beki Melrose, from The Exchange Creative Community, for two weeks.

“There’s a real buzz around the West End at the moment and it’s great to be part of that regeneration,” said Tom.