For this month’s My Local Life, we spoke to Yolande Gautrey from one of the most loved shops in Royston High Street; Ladds. Here’s what she had to say…
Where do you live?
How long have you worked at Ladds?
I started working in the family business after leaving sixth form. The shop had just been rebuilt, I priced a lot of cards and after shutting down a shop in Cambridge, I helped evolve the upstairs of Ladds into what it is today.
What’s your favourite local place to eat?
Wood Grill, Queen Adelade, Croydon
What’s your favourite local shop?
Kisses for something special, Cream for undies.
What was the last book you read?
I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
What Makes You Happy?
I love spending time with family and being at home.
What do you love about your work?
I love buying new stock for the shop. I look after the cards and everything upstairs such as cake decorations, stationery and gifts.
What is your favourite way to spend Saturday?
I rarely get a Saturday off work but Sundays spent with my daughter and sister riding our horses and looking after our many chickens, guinea fowl, quail and walking our exhuberant Terrier.
What is your most memorable Royston experience?
Working with our lovely, loyal customers.
What are you looking forward to the most this December?
Christmas Day as it’s a time I get off work to relax and enjoy the festivities.
What is the most challenging aspect of your position?
Computers – I hate them as I’m more of a practical person.
What has been the most valuable life lesson you have learnt?
However hard you try, you will never please everyone, so don’t try to.
What do you do to relax?
Other than watching TV by the fire, socialising with ex young farmer friends and friends made through a car club years ago.