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Opening of new business Can't Resist Cakes in Ilkeston, pictured are owners Kerry Hobbs and Janice Hobbs
Opening of new business Can't Resist Cakes in Ilkeston, pictured are owners Kerry Hobbs and Janice Hobbs

Kerryann Hobbs from Can’t Resist Cakes.

Where were you born and bred ?

I was born in Nottingham and my first address was in Radford high rise flats. I lived in County Durham for four years. We have been settled in Ilkeston for 12 years.

What are your hobbies?

When I get some spare time I spend quality time with my daughter, son and my little Shih Zhu Frankie. We enjoy the fresh air and going to the cinema, without Frankie of course.

What is your favourite film?

Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarrentino. I love but this film and it’s soundtrack brings back so many happy memories of laughter and close friendships.

What is your biggest achievement in life?

Bringing up my children on my own and running a successful business. It’s been a struggle for many years being diagnosed with clinical depression but I’m so proud of my children.

What are your hopes for the future of this area?

Having a new business on Bath Street we have already experienced the ups and downs of the high street. We feel we need some bigger named businesses and more independent quaint shops.

What is your favourite place to eat in Ilkeston ?

The Durham Ox. Friendly staff, fantastic food and homely decor makes it a winner in my eyes.

Where is your favourite local place to go on a day trip?

We regularly walk up to Shipley Country Park with our dog. Walking past the old American Adventure is heartbreaking that all that beautiful land cannot be enjoyed by walkers.

What is your idea of a perfect Saturday night?

After a hard day, I like nothing more than to have a shower and snuggle up on the sofa with daughter, dog and three cats. I’m usually too tired to do anything else. Maybe a hot date is on the cards for me.

If you could change anything in Ilkeston what would it be ?

I’ve seen that certain people struggle to get up and down Bath Street on foot. Ilkeston needs some type of transport system that could ferry people up and down Bath Street onto South Street.

What will your epitaph say?

Re-united with her inspiration, Fought on through the struggles, Loved, Smiled and conquered!