City Insights

Gladrags: Community Costume Resource

By Jennifer Drury

The Mayor, Councillor Ann Norman, accompanied by her Consort, Councillor Ken Norman, recently visited 'Gladrags' the community costume resource which was founded in 1994. 'Gladrags', which is a registered charity, was created to provide affordable costumes and related resources to community, community arts, educational and therapeutic based groups to support and enrich their work.

Photo:Mayor of mystery

Mayor of mystery

Photo by Tony Mould

5,000 costumes for hire
'Gladrags' has a stock of over 5,000 costumes with a range of hiring charges running from £3 a week for community groups to £15 a week for private and commercial groups. They also hire out 'Topic Boxes' which contain items relating to a particular subject or time. These can be used, for example, in classroom activities or reminiscence groups and many others. 

Would you like to be involved?
Users of the service work with experienced volunteers who can help them make choices of costumes, aid with design of new costumes and many other aspects. If you are interested in being involved in this resource, to share your skills or even learn new ones, please contact 'Gladrags' on the email address below.

Photo:Tony in front of the camera for a change!

Tony in front of the camera for a change!

Photo by Robert Robertson

Everyone enjoyed dressing up
As you can see by the photographs here, the Mayor and her team enjoyed dressing up just as much as anyone.  We are especially impressed with the shot of Tony Mould, our Chief Photographer, who was persuaded to stand in front of the camera for once. Don't think that the 'fascinator' goes with the suit Tony!

Want to know more?
If you would like more details about using this resource, or even about volunteering you can check their website out here .  Alternatively, contact


Photo:The Gladrags group

The Gladrags group

Photo by Tony Mould

This page was added on 30/11/2009.