FOR Marina Lyne turning a hobby into a business proved to be a giggle.
Her brother had started fancy dress as a sideline in his own shop but felt it did not work, so she took it over as a hobby five years ago and it became Giggles Fancy Dress.
“I started with 150 costumes and I’ve now got about 2,000,” she said. “I just found something I really enjoy. I like to see people when they come in and when they go out happy and pleased.”
Giggles now occupies two rooms at her home, Great Horringer Hall. Costumes are professionally made because they must stand up to repeated wear and being washed every time they are worn.
The latest addition is a look-alike of the children’s character Peppa Pig but Marina also has super heroes, styles from ancient Egyptian to the 1980s, animals and film characters.
“Most people come in with a theme, like the ’60s or Medieval, or a letter – they’ve got to dress as something beginning with C,” she said. She says the most popular are the Alice’s Mad Hatter and Capt Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.