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rooms on my first visit last year. We’re definitely planning a return visit


this year, ostensibly because my 17-year-old daughter Tierney is joining the Greetings Today team to help out at the show so we have to show her the delights of this beautiful town – but mainly because I’m a greedy so-and-so! And there’s not long to go now, with the

four-day show opening on July 14 and as a favoured greetings trade magazine, we are the official media partner to Home&Gift for the fifth year running. Harrogate is a superb location for any event and we hope the weather will continue to improve so everyone can make the most of what is an incredibly sociable trade fair. We will, of course,

ensure everyone is kept up to speed with news, product information, launches and events as we hear about them by sending out our regular newsflashes along with coverage on Twitter and Facebook. If you’re not registered to receive these news flashes, simply visit to subscribe, you can also follow us on Twitter @greetingstoday and Facebook www.facebook. com/greetingstodaymag We’ll be tweeting and

facebooking live from the show itself once we arrive in Harrogate. In addition, we’re working with our sister magazine Gifts Today on Home&Gift’s first ever daily newspaper which will be available from 8am each day


TWO completely different cards caught my eye this month, but there’s actually a connection – my dad.

It being the summer solstice and all that, Holy Mackerel’s druid birthday card made me giggle – and I must track one down for a wine- loving pal’s birthday this week.

At the other end of the scale is new publisher Dave Bradbury’s beautifully-observed and detailed drawing for a bereavement. His Wish You Were Here card really captures

the refl ective nature that’s perfect for such cards and could also be used for a memorial card in following years.

AKES! That’s the first thought that jumps into my head when talking about Harrogate Home&Gift because I was introduced to Betty’s tea

in all the halls as well as the major hotels, so do say hello when you see us around the show. All in all we hope that with a bit of pre- planning, the information we provide – turn to page 24 for the show preview – along with the Home&Gift website will mean you can plan your visit with ease to enjoy all the different products on offer across the halls and pavilions but especially greetings and stationery in Hall H.

Also in this issue we focus on Plush Toys And Gifts – turn to page 20 – which made me remember my eldest’s favourite, a tiny six-inch yellow duck called Martha that she picked herself aged just two in a little card shop down in Bournemouth.

Oh the larks we had with Martha, who seemed to have a habit of taking flight – we once spent an hour searching a Homebase after she got kicked under the shelving units by someone else’s horrid brat, there was also the time we’d trudged

almost home from Morrisons in the rain with a shopping-laden buggy only for the ear-splitting scream to alert me that the blasted duck had been left on top of the bananas.

The piece de resistance has to be the saga of the M4 when hubby screeched to a halt on the hard shoulder, jumped out of the car and belted across all three lanes in the face of vehicles thundering down.

As he ran he scooped up Martha who’d been dropped out of the car window as she was too hot (!) and flipped into the fast lane by the vehicle behind. Took him almost 10 minutes to get back from the central reservation… Oh yes, I have reason to remember the displays of plush toys in card shops – it’s amazing how they can affect your life! See you in Harrogate.

So, how does my late father link the longest day of the year and bereavement? Obviously the fact he’s no longer with us and I miss him very much is the latter, while the fl at cap of the card character reminds me of Dad as Eaton Bray Utd’s goalie because he usually wore one to keep the sun and rain out of his eyes while playing.

But he always did this daft dad thing of saying “the nights are drawing in” as soon as we’d gone past the summer solstice, and my girls, who were only four and 11 when their granddad died in 2000, still make sure they repeat it to me every year to keep the family tradition going. 5

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We spent an hour searching Homebase after she got kicked under the shelving units

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