New book shop proves a hit in Garstang

Sally-Anne Fraser at her bookstore, Skippy in the Well
Sally-Anne Fraser at her bookstore, Skippy in the Well

A newly opened Garstang book store with a story of its own has become a popular draw within days of opening.

Run by a former English teacher with a passion for reading, Skippy in the Well owner Sally-Anne Fraser says locals have really taken to the quirky store.

I chose Garstang as a location because I knew the people of the town would appreciate what we’re trying to do here and the response has been everything I could have hoped for

Sally-Anne Fraser

“Since opening on Saturday we’ve had lots of people giving posotive feedback on the different features we have in the shop,” said Sally. “This is a real family shop with something for children, teenagers and adults. Reading is vital for all ages but especially children so they can develop a wide vocabulary and increase their chances of educational success.”

The Bridge Street shop boasts a large section of children’s books complete with a reading tepee and floor cushions. The store’s name, Sally says, is partly shrouded in mystery, with the story of Skippy the toy mouse set to unfold in the near future. Sally said: “Skippy will be a story within the bookshop although I haven’t quite decided what adventures he’ll get upto just yet. It’s just something else for the children to engage with and gives them a reason to keep coming back.”

As well as stocking many popular authors, the independent bookshop will also feature book clubs and author events. Sally, who has 13 years experience as an English teacher, will offer English tuition for GCSE and Key Stage Three students.

“Opening this bookshop has been my dream for quite a while,” the 44-year-old said. “Teaching and working with children only fuelled my passion for reading and helping children achieve their potential through books, so having Skippy in the Well will allow me to do that on a daily basis. I chose Garstang as a location because I knew the people of the town would appreciate what we’re trying to do here and the response has been everything I could have hoped for.”

Sally also says she has no plans to stop improving the experience and is looking to secure funding to build a craft room.

Sally said: “This is a really exciting time for the shop and hopefully we’ll get more and more people coming in and we’ll only get more popular.”