Nichola and Allun Davies outside Ragamuffins Emporium in Pontypool, a former Victorian bank building which the couple have leased to run an antiques centre.

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Roofrack Ragamuffins is still going strong, particularly supplying luggage as props for film sets and shops, including a wall of old trunks and suitcases for Primark’s Harry Potter store in London.

Now, a former Barclays Bank in the town, which opened in 1893 and closed in 2017, has been bought by the Pontypool Development Trust and reopened as a vintage and antiques centre run by Davies and his wife Nichola, called Ragamuffins Emporium.

Davies said: “We currently have the ground floor and two-thirds of the first floor occupied with 20 dealers and more is to come when the second floor opens, where there will be a café and art gallery.”

The spaces on offer are quite large, 12 x 12ft (4 x 4m) or 15 x 10 ft (5 x 3m), allowing a lot of room for furniture.

Mark Gregory, chair of the trust, said: “It was devastating when we found that the Grade II-Listed bank was going as it left as it left a big hole in the town.

“We made the decision to buy it ourselves so that we could get a new tenant in there as soon as possible. Ragamuffins Emporium is a great fit and we are delighted to see the building put to such good use.”

Contact Allun Davies on 07766 669414.