Store re-opens after makeover

The newly refurbished Wilkinson store, Cotham Street, St Helens was officially opened by St Helens star Paul Sculthorpe.'Pictured are Boots the Saints Mascot and Mrs Butterfly a street entertainer
The newly refurbished Wilkinson store, Cotham Street, St Helens was officially opened by St Helens star Paul Sculthorpe.'Pictured are Boots the Saints Mascot and Mrs Butterfly a street entertainer

SAINTS legend Paul Sculthorpe was on hand to kick-start the grand re-opening of the town centre Wilkinson store.

The popular Cotham Street home and garden retailer had shut for a 24-hour makeover last Wednesday - before re-opening first thing the following morning.

The newly refurbished Wilkinson store, Cotham Street, St Helens was officially opened by St Helens star Paul Sculthorpe.'Pictured are LtR: Lorraine Smith, Neil Harding, Assistant manager, Paul Sculthorpe, Linda Statter, Store manager, Simon Hathway, Head of Retail and Boots the mascot

The newly refurbished Wilkinson store, Cotham Street, St Helens was officially opened by St Helens star Paul Sculthorpe.'Pictured are LtR: Lorraine Smith, Neil Harding, Assistant manager, Paul Sculthorpe, Linda Statter, Store manager, Simon Hathway, Head of Retail and Boots the mascot

Wilkinson’s head of retail, Simon Hathway, and store manager, Linda Statter, joined Scully in cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

Long serving staff member, Lorraine Smith, was also invited as a thank you for her 24 years of service and was congratulated with a bouquet of flowers and a card.

Throughout the morning, street entertainer Mrs Butterfly, handed out tickets to customers for entry into a free tombola and wowed shoppers with her balloon modelling tricks, creating hats, flowers and animals for children to take home.

To raise money for Age UK, Wilkinson’s new charity of the year, staff members also hosted a raffle, with one lucky customer walking away with a jam-packed hamper full of cleaning and homeware products.

Store manager, Linda Statter, also presented the new Mayor of St Helens, Tom Hargreaves, with a cheque donation to the Mayor’s Appeal, which supports a number of charities in the region.

Scully, a patron of The Steve Prescott Foundation, also received a cheque donation to be split between the Christie Cancer Hospital and Try Assist - rugby league’s benevolent fund.

Linda Statter said: “The re-launch was a huge success from start to finish, and the day was made even more special by the Mayor and Paul’s attendance. Customers were queueing for photographs and autographs.”