‘Local hero’ cuts ribbon for new B&M store

Pictured, middle front, from left, are Andy Cowper, general store manager, 'local hero' Nora Sparling, Mayor of Boston Coun Alison Austin and Paul Bent, deputy store manager, flanked by Frozen stars.
Pictured, middle front, from left, are Andy Cowper, general store manager, 'local hero' Nora Sparling, Mayor of Boston Coun Alison Austin and Paul Bent, deputy store manager, flanked by Frozen stars.

B&M Bargains has opened a new store in Boston - handing over the ribbon-cutting honour to a ‘local hero’.

The store ran a ‘Search for a Local Hero’ competition last month - with customers nominating.

The winner was Butterfly Hospice volunteer Nora Sparling, 89, who was the VIP for the day and officially opened the new store in the former Homebase premises in Alban Retail park, on Saturday.

Nora was nominated by her colleagues at the hospice who described her as a ‘superstar’ and a ‘selfless individual and wonderful example of someone who goes that extra mile to support others’.

They said: “Nora is one of a kind and an example of someone who does not let their age define them, in fact if we are going to have a particularly busy day, Nora’s response is: ‘Well I will just put my running shoes on’.”

She has given her own time to help at the hospice two-days-a-week since it opened in 2014. She also volunteers for AgeUK.

B&M created 60 jobs in Boston after securing new shop premises in the town.

Store manager Tracy Shippam said: “We wanted a true VIP to open our new store and what better way than to ask customers to nominate those who make a real difference to people’s lives in and around Boston.”