Former Butlin manager fosters lockdown passion by opening ball shop in Skegness

An ex-Butlin manager has deepened her love of confinement for balloon making by opening her own shop in Skegness. Christine Gosling, 52, opened the doors to her boutique, ‘Balloontastic’, located on Roman Bank, on Friday February 11.

During the first coronavirus lockdown, Christine was put on leave from her job as Butlin’s manager and decided to continue making balloons. Two years later, in making balloons for weddings, parties and other occasions, Christine decided to take the plunge and open her own shop.

Christine said: “I’m quite confident and if I wasn’t I would never have opened the shop, I would have continued to do so from home. I’ve always been quite creative, making cards and flowers.

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Display of balloons made by Christine Gosling, who recently opened ‘Balloontastic’ in Skegness.

“I had seen a stuffing machine some time ago and it’s a balloon that you can fill with anything. I just bought one and took it from there.” Christine, who lives in Ingoldmells, said she had worked in retail for 30 years and was previously a manager at Sainsbury’s.

Christine said her favorite display is a wedding dress made from balloons that took her four days to complete and is currently on display in her shop window. She said: “It’s going really well right now.

“It was quiet when the road was closed, we don’t get much traffic, but now I’m down to earth and the sign is up, people are looking at screens and saying they didn’t know that we were here My goal is to grow the business and employ someone.

Display of balloons made by Christine Gosling, who recently opened ‘Balloontastic’ in Skegness.

Balloontastic sells helium balloons, latex balloons and banners in addition to offering a balloon display service for events and private functions. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Wednesdays and Sundays when the shop is closed.

Several people took to the Balloontastic Facebook page to wish Christine good luck when she announced her opening day.