A stalwart of Blackburn's high street for 150 years has announced a new addition to its board of directors following a merger to create a husband and wife duo.

Ainsworth Jewellers, based in Darwen Street, has announced Helen Dimmick, a leading jewellery specialist, historian, and consultant, has joined the company.

Helen's jewellery consultancy business and Inspired Bridal Boutique have merged under the Ainsworth Jewellers brand, which will replace the original A. Ainsworth & Sons title.

The changes went into effect on October 1, exactly 153 years to the day since the company was founded.

Fifth-generation family member and joint-owner Phil Ainsworth, Helen's husband, said: “The business has continuously evolved over the last 150 years, which is a large part of why it is still standing today.

“This is the next chapter in our evolution and a very exciting one.

“We have big plans for the new branding including a refurbishment of our Inspired Bridal suite to feature a cocktail bar and bespoke space for ring shopping and updates to our popular museum attraction.”

Helen began her career at an auction house, then spent five years as a specialist for the luxury brand Tiffany & Co, before launching her own successful retail jewellery business, Green+Benz, which was recognised nationally as an outstanding independent jewellery retailer.

Her passion for diamonds, gemstones, and fine jewellery has taken her all over the world as a consultant and speaker, and adds another level of expertise to the offering at Ainsworth.

Phil added: “While Helen has been part of the Ainsworth family for many years now, and as my wife since we married in 2021, it is fantastic to have her officially on the board.

"Her knowledge and experience is unparalleled, she is a leader in the field and so I would not want anyone else by my side as we take the business to the next level.”