The Vancouver Quarter and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk have given two lucky shoppers hundreds of pounds to spend in King’s Lynn stores ahead of Christmas.
Centre manager Abbie Panks, Cllr David Pope, Borough Council Cabinet Member for ICT, Leisure and Public Space and Alistair Cox, Town Centre Manager, handed over £500-worth of shopping vouchers to Danielle Oz and another £500 to Emma Batley to spend in King’s Lynn.
Danielle and Emma won the vouchers during the Christmas lights switch-on event last month on Baxter’s Plain and the Tuesday Market Place respectively.
Danielle, 20, a teaching assistant from Wisbech, said: “I was so delighted I jumped when I heard I’d won – it’s not every day you win £500 to spend on Christmas. I honestly thought it was a bit of fun but then I spoke to Abbie and she confirmed I had won. Even then, I just couldn’t believe it.
“I’ve got some vouchers for New Look to buy some new clothes for Christmas and I’ll use my other vouchers to finish my Christmas shopping. I’ll also use my vouchers for Sainsbury’s to get the Christmas dinner and drinks.”
Emma, also 20, from Downham Market, is a keen member of the Clandestine Cake Club and plans to buy more baking equipment with her vouchers.
Abbie Panks said: “Our aim for giving away these vouchers was to help spread a bit of Christmas cheer and help the money of two lucky shoppers stretch a bit further at what is an expensive time of year. For Danielle, it was a case of winning a crowd game of heads and tails on Baxter’s Plain, while Emma was fortunate enough to be celebrating her birthday on the same day as the light’s switch on.”
She added: “The giveaway was also our way to give something back to our regular shoppers and, crucially, the winning vouchers must be spent here in the town centre which will help to further support our businesses during this peak, festive period.”
King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Councillor David Pope added: “It was the first time we have had such a giveaway as part of the lights switch-on event. I think it has been really well received and I would like to thank the Vancouver Quarter for organising it. What a great way to encourage people to come in to town early, giving local shops a welcome boost and many congratulations to the winners Danielle and Emma, who I know are looking forward to spending their vouchers in King’s Lynn.”
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