Amber Rudd visited the pier on Saturday (July 30) to officially open a kiosk selling handmade jewellery and wooden products.
The kiosk, named The Peer Collection, is run by five people working in shifts and is open seven days a week.
Sue Jones, a worker in the Peer Collection, said: “As a disabled lady, I had to give up work a few years ago.
“I have always had handmade jewellery as a hobby, but it has now given me something to focus on.
“Amber Rudd said some really lovely things and wished us every success. She was very supportive.
“Even though she is very busy in her new role as Home Secretary, she still found the time to come and support new start ups.
“It really was an honour and a pleasure to meet her.
“What an amazing woman she is, warm and friendly and really attuned to both the local people and the small businesses that are starting out.
“Thank you so much Amber for being a part of our event.”
Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings, said: “I was thrilled to be asked to open Sue’s shop. It is these small shops and enterprises which are the backbone of the local economy and which make Hastings and Rye so unique and attractive to visitors.
“Following my tour of the shop I ended up buying a piece of jewellery which had caught my eye.
“It is a fantastic piece of craftsmanship by Sue and one of the many examples of our area’s rich creative talent.
“I wish Sue all the best with her shop and I look forward to hearing more about her work in future.”
Ms Rudd was invited to cut the ribbon and officially open the shop for business.
Following the opening ceremony, Sue showed Ms Rudd around the hut and explained how she creates her unique jewellery, which is then put on sale.
The Peer Collection also offer other services. Mrs Jones said: “We don’t do just jewellery. We offer badge making and other workshops.”
You can find more information about The Peer Collection on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ThePeerCollection.
The Peer Collection is the latest boutique to set up shop on Hastings Pier since it officially reopened in May.
Visit http://hastingspier.org.uk for more details.
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