Mel goes from fight­ing crime to sewing seams

For­mer po­lice of­fi­cer opens bri­dal busi­ness

The Scarborough Evening News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - By Kieran Mur­ray kieran.mur­ray@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @Re­porterKie

A for­mer Scar­bor­ough po­lice of­fi­cer has re­turned to her roots by open­ing up her own bri­dal wear busi­ness. Melony Rispin, 44, started her ca­reer by help­ing her mum, Gail Martin, run bri­dal shop Pri­madonna in Fals­grave Road in 1990.

The for­mer Scar­bor­ough Col­lege pupil worked in the store and also per­formed as a cabaret singer at func­tions in the lo­cal area and around Hull.

The mother-daugh­ter duo worked to­gether un­til they sold the busi­ness in 2001 af­ter Melony fell preg­nant with twins.

Af­ter be­ing re­jected from the navy in her early years due to her eye­sight, the devel­op­ment of laser eye surgery meant she could join the po­lice force in 2006 – a job she sur­pris­ingly says has many sim­i­lar­i­ties.

She said: “It was my dream to be a po­lice of­fi­cer. I was on the re­sponse team and I loved rep­re­sent­ing my home town. My time in cus­tomer ser­vice helped with my time with the po­lice.

“Peo­ple ex­pect a cer­tain ser­vice and you are needed in an emo­tional and stress­ful time for the cus­tomer.”

Melony was forced to take early re­tire­ment af­ter al­most 11 years on med­i­cal grounds.

Melony has now re­turned to what she knows by start­ing up a bri­dal wear store in on Main Street, Seamer, called Rispin Cou­ture.

She said: “I thought it was im­por­tant to do some­thing I knew.I love help­ing other peo­ple who are mak­ing some of the most im­por­tant de­ci­sions for their wed­ding.”

De­spite only be­ing open for a few weeks, Melony has said she is de­lighted with feed­back from the pub­lic.

She said: “We have re­ceived a lot of at­ten­tion, es­pe­cially on so­cial me­dia, and I am de­ter­mined to make it a suc­cess.”

Melony Rispin has re­turned to what she knows af­ter be­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer for the past 11 years.

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