AN independent yarn shop in Eaglesham on the south side of Glasgow has been named on the shortlist of retailers in the running to be Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2019.

The Orry Mill runs regular classes and workshops for crafters and showcases a modern take on the old crafts of knitting and crocheting. The Orry Mill is owned Thilde Folke Olsen and her husband Stephen McBride. Olsen came to Scotland to study at the Glasgow School of Art. As a child she was brought up in Denmark immersed in knitting, crochet and crafting . When she finally settled in the village of Eaglesham she became fascinated by the history of the village.

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The name The Orry Mill refers to the space in Eaglesham known as The Orry in which there are the remains of a cotton mill.

The competition is managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC). It celebrates the commitment and creativity of independent retailers and the central role they play in their local communities.

Mark Walmsley, chair of the IRC, said the award is “all about recognising the community and culture that is independent retail”.

He described the goal was to “highlight innovation, customer service, commitment to community and diversity”.

The winner will be announced on November 5.