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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­david Sey­mour

ONE of Peter­bor­ough’s old­est stores has taken on a new look as it cel­e­brates serv­ing city cus­tomers for 100 years.

The food­store in Mayor’s Walk has been given a re­fit as part of a £1.3 mil­lion pro­gramme for se­lected stores owned by Anglia Co-op­er­a­tive.

The work has taken about two weeks and was com­pleted in time for the store to re­veal its new face to shop­pers on May 2.

Staff dressed in Mad Hat­ter’s Tea Party cos­tumes to re­flect the cel­e­bra­tions and in­vited rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Ama­zon Chil­dren’s Ward at Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal to join in the fun.

To mark their mile­stone the store team is rais­ing money for the chil- dren’s ward, pledg­ing to pro­vide tea, cof­fee and bis­cuits for par­ents vis­it­ing young­sters in the ward.

Man­ager Gary Cowling said: “It’s amaz­ing to think that this store has been serv­ing the com­mu­nity for over 100 years.

“We feel proud to be work­ing in a build­ing with such his­tory and we’re re­ally ex­cited about our new look, which makes us a show­piece for Anglia Co-op­er­a­tive’s con­ve­nience stores.

“We’ve built up a close re­la­tion­ship with the chil­dren’s ward in re- cent years and, as our lat­est ef­fort for them, we’re set­ting out to pro­vide a lit­tle com­fort for par­ents who have to spend lengthy pe­ri­ods vis­it­ing the ward.”

Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal play ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor Zoe Wilkinson said: “The store’s con­tin­u­ous sup­port for the chil­dren’s ward is just bril­liant and is en­abling us to give the chil­dren an even bet­ter qual­ity of care.

“Re­cent sup­port has en­abled us to buy soft play equip­ment and baby chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties and the store’s lat­est pledge to pro­vide tea, cof­fee and bis­cuits for par­ents when they are vis­it­ing their chil­dren will help make it more like a home-from-home ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Party time: Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal’s Zoe Wilkinson (left) and Amy Dar­ling (right) join Mayor’s Walk staff from left to right, Doreen Fitzjohn, He­len Wood, Kay King, Gary Cowling, El­iz­a­beth Pea­cock, Na­bila Kha­toon and Aneese Naib at the store. (metp-02-05-12rh6) Picture: ROW­LAND HOB­SON.

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