“D. J. U. Knighton – Jigsaws and Traditional Games”. What does that mean, exactly?
Well, D. J. U. Knighton is easy enough – that’s me! I was born in Co. Durham, and grew up in Cheshire, but the fair city of Leicester has been my home since I was 18. Leicester is an ancient city - Ratae Corieltauvorum to the Romans. And we even have some Roman ruins. But I suppose Leicester has become most famous as the burial place of Richard III, who was buried in the Franciscan friary church, but, through a long process of urban redevelopment, eventually ended up buried under a car-park – until his remains were re-discovered and removed to the more dignified setting of St. Martin’s Cathedral. Oh, and, of course, under the leadership of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and manager Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City F. C. won the English Premier league in 2016 – at odds, at the start of the season, of 5,000–1.
Jigsaws is also quite simple. We supply jigsaws on many subjects and in many sizes from 100 to 6000 pieces. And 3-D jigsaws, too. But ‘Traditional Games’? Well, what I really mean is ‘non-electronic’. Strictly no electricity involved! Well… Oh very well, you may use this new-fangled electric light if you must, but that is all!
I’m joking, of course. But many of the games we have certainly pre-date the electric light – games, in fact, that, in some cases, date back to the days when Leicester was still Ratae Corieltauvorum! And many of our games and jigsaws are inspired by some great British stories from before the time electricity became as universal as it is to-day – Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, and Winnie-the-Pooh. Alternatively, we also have games and jigsaws derived from the writings of more modern authors, including Roald Dahl, David Walliams & J. K. Rowling.
So if you do feel the need to distance yourself from the marvels electricity has brought us, to turn off the T.V., switch off the mobile, and indulge in the traditional pleasures of board and card games, or perhaps explore the art, cities and natural wonders of the world through jigsaws, then I hope we can be of service.
An acorn planted? First day of trading, Donington Park, 3rd April 2016
National Exhibition Centre, May 2016
Sandown Park, May 2016