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From France to Farsley: New massage therapy clinic opens at mill complex

A bnew massage therapy clinic has opened at a former mill complex in Farsley where TV’s Emmerdale was filmed.

Massage Addict, which specialises in sports and holistic massage, has moved into the recently refurbished Mending Rooms at Sunny Bank Mills.

This is the latest in a raft of new lettings at Sunny Bank – despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Massage Addict is owned and run by Dan Cawley and Heather Davies, who were working as mobile massage therapists in La Plange in the French Alps in March this year when Covid-19 hit France. Dan said:

“We had to race for the border to get out before they locked down, which they did just 48 hours after we left. We then stayed in Wales for five months with Heather’s parents on a secluded farm, which gave us time to think about what we wanted to do and where we wanted to settle down.

“I went to Leeds Beckett University and Heather’s godchildren live in Cookridge, so Leeds made sense to us. We had heard about Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley and, when we visited, we loved the community vibe and the rustic industrial feel running through its veins.

“On our first visit, we met the mill’s co-owner John Gaunt and John’s warmth made us feel like we had found our new home. And we had. Sunny Bank Mills is the heart of Farsley and we are proud to be part of it.”

John Gaunt, co-managing director of Edwin Woodhouse, the owners of Sunny Bank Mills, explained:

“We now have beauticians, hair salons, cafes and restaurants, all providing a variety of services for the many companies who are now based here.  It is this attractive offer, which we work so hard to achieve, that makes Sunny Bank Mills not just a wonderful place to work but also a great place to visit and spend time at as well.”

William Gaunt, co-managing director, added:

“Despite the challenges of Covid-19, we are looking to complete a number of new deals shortly, including a new bar and café, which will really enhance and consolidate our leisure offer here.

“At the same time, we have invested £2million in the Weaver’s Yard project at Sunny Bank, which is opening up the centre of the mill, creating a magnificent performance area and 95 new car parking spaces. This project is almost complete.”

There are now 75 companies with more than 350 employees on site.

WLD reported yesterday that plans for a new cafe bar on the site have been submitted to the council for approval. The plans come a week after William and John Gaunt revealed plans to transform The Old Woollen mill area in the middle of the site into a performance space and gallery.

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