10:35AM, Monday 03 March 2014
A glittering welcome from entertainer Kevin Cruise kicked off the Windsor Emporium.
Wearing his iconic gold sequinned jacket and sailor hat, the Theatre Royal panto star, who found fame on Britain's Got Talent, handed out goodie bags to visitors and said he was looking forward to trying some of the cakes on sale.
The event, which showcases high quality arts and crafts, was held at the Clarion Collection Harte & Garter Hotel & Spa in High Street for the first time this year.
It was started by Jackie Couzens in 2010 at All Saints Parish Hall in Frances Road.
"It has grown incredibly year on year," said Jackie.
"We do have an awful lot of talented people in Windsor."
She explained the idea to provide a venue for artists and artisans came when she was at a muddy car boot sale one day while a friend was looking for somewhere to showcase her work.
There were about 40 stall holders at the Emporium yesterday, including jewellers, milliners and bakers.
Blacksmith Katie Wright, from Aylesbury, was showcasing her designs.
"I want to change people's perceptions of blacksmithing," she said. "It can be fluid and feminine."
Bray-based Sarah Swain, of Sassy Transformations, had examples of furniture she had repainted and reworked with her to show.
"I pick pieces that are a bit run down and have a little think about how it might work," she said.
Money collected on the door will go to Vivi's Venture.
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An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.