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About Northern & UK Costume Hire

Northern & UK Costume Hire was founded in 1984. We are located on the North Yorkshire / Lancashire border in Barnoldswick, 7 miles from Skipton and 6 miles from Colne, (end of the M65), which provides easy access to and from the motorway network.

Our highly professional members of staff are always ready to help ensure your show or event is costumed to the highest standard.

As a company, we specialise in providing costumes for Professional and Amateur Theatre, Schools, Colleges and Youth Groups together with high quality individual hire for fancy dress.  We have worked with the BBC, ITV and film companies providing costumes for various productions.


Meet Our Staff

Carol Squire

Carol started the business as Masquerade in Skipton, North Yorkshire in 1984 which then become Northern Costume Hire when Margaret joined as a junior partner. She has performed for many years in the theatre having many great moments before training to teach in English, Drama and Media Studies whereupon she began producing shows for schools and youth theatres. Carol is currently Chair of the Theatrical Traders Association as well as dealing with the administrative and business side of the company.

Margaret Greenwood (Mags)

Margaret is a Licentiate of the London College of Music as well as a seasoned performer and MD in local theatre. Margaret became a junior partner in Masquerade which then became Northern Costume Hire where she has worked on building an extensive stock of costumes which are hired to amateur and professional theatre companies, schools, colleges, youth theatre as well as film and TV.

Nikki Langton

A graduate of the University of Chester with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies with Events Management, Nikki began working for Northern & UK Costume Hire upon graduating and is occasionally spotted trying out costumes, if not she will be beavering away in the office dealing with enquiries and bookings from our customers.

Doreen Smith (Doz)


Doreen (Doz) has worked for Northern & UK Costume Hire for over 20 years, she still works on a part time basis and occasionally sews from home.

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