One of Sheffield’s most successful cultural exports returned to his childhood haunt to lead our first ever #InspiredBySheffield day on Monday 14th October.

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17 and our independent suppliers talk about #InspiredBySheffield event and our long established department store.

Heaven 17 star Martyn Ware teamed up with ‘Dirty Stop Outs’ author Neil Anderson, and renowned Sheffield artist Matt Cockayne who has produced scores of popular local nostalgia products.

Martyn Ware still remembers trips to our department store on The Moor, Sheffield, with his mum in the 1960s being “a big treat”.

The star was still a regular here even when he first hit the big time with the Human League and singles like ‘Being Boiled’ in the late 1970s prior to him forming Heaven 17.

He told us: ‘I used to live in Broomhall flats, so the centre of town, and in particular the Moor, was our stomping ground. In the ‘70s Virgin Records had a store at the bottom of the Moor, and we would regularly pop into Atkinsons to visit the café, or even sometimes to buy records and clothes.”

The trio were joined by a host of other Sheffield independent businesses that are now having their goods stocked in Atkinsons. They include Kelham Print, Natural Stone Carved Creations and Frazer’s Coffee.

Inspired By Sheffield

Pictured left to right: Matt Cockayne (Goo Design), Stephen Nicholson (Natural Stone Carved Creations), Nicola Ogle (Kelham Print), Martyn Ware (Heaven 17), David Cartwright, Neil Anderson (Dirty Stop Outs Author). Photo Credit: Glenn Ashley Photography.

Our Store Manager, David Cartwright, added: “#InspiredBySheffield day is all about celebrating what’s fantastic about our city. We’ve been lucky enough to be part of the fabric of Sheffield for the past 147 years and I want to say a big thank you to our customers – old and new – that have been part of that journey. I also want to extend my thanks to our staff, who have played such a big part in our success story.

“The store has been inspired by the fantastic improvements to the Moor and have been updating and improving our store a result. We’re delighted to offer the best names in domestic appliances, cookshop, furniture, beds and other departments and we’re constantly checking out new trends so that we can add more to the store. Make sure you come in to see what’s new.”

The event was also raising funds for our local charity partner Weston Park Cancer Charity.

Weston Park Cancer Charity Atkinsons partnership

Pictured: Weston Park Cancer Charity volunteers raise funds in Atkinsons. Photo credit: Glenn Ashley Photography.

We hope to see you at our next event, which will be announced soon! Follow us on Facebook to get the latest updates by clicking here.