What a birth­day in store Thomas, 5, cel­e­brates his spe­cial day in B&Q

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Kim HOR­TON kim.hor­[email protected]­plc.com

FOR most lit­tle boys cel­e­brat­ing their birth­day, a bouncy cas­tle or a trip to a soft play cen­tre would be the dream.

Not for Thomas Norse-wright, how­ever.

A few weeks ago Thomas, from Charl­ton Kings, ahis adorable plan to re­build the fire-hit spire of Notre Dame cathe­dral made the head­lines.

De­spite only be­ing four at the time, Thomas hit upon a plan not just to res­tore the fa­mous Parisian land­mark but to fu­ture-proof it to with a so­phis­ti­cated sprinkler sys­tem.

His spare time is taken up largely by his love of all things me­chan­i­cal - he read­ily dis­man­tles and re­builds the likes of mi­crowaves and clocks - and to that end his favourite shop in the world isn’t your nor­mal toy store, it’s DIY haven B&Q.

And the store’s bosses knew it, hav­ing read all about Thomas’s ex­ploits, which is why he spent his fifth birth­day over the week­end be­ing the cen­tre of at­ten­tion at the Chel­tenham branch.

Thomas was over­joyed at a tour of the store which is home to where things are bought to build, fix and heavy ma­chin­ery is op­er­ated.

The Chel­tenham branch cer­tainly made it a birth­day for him to re­mem­ber.

Thomas’s mother Ju­lia Norse-wright said: “He was so ex­cited. It was the first thing that he said when he woke up that morn­ing.

“They gave him a B&Q apron and hat when he ar­rived.

“He was in awe on the tour of the place. He just loves it there.

“They also set up a chil­dren’s ta­ble in the store and it had bal­loons and a cake and they also helped him to make a wooden tool box for his tools.

He was in awe on the tour of the place. He just loves it there. Ju­lia Norse-wright

“He had the best day.” Thomas was so pleased with his hat and apron he went to sleep in it.

Mrs Norse-wright added: “He is so funny. He now thinks that he works for B&Q and has gone to school wear­ing the apron.

“They also gave him a voucher and he had al­ready de­cided that he was go­ing to spend it on a fan from the fan aisle which is his favourite.

“They were all so good to him. It was re­ally lovely.”

B&Q is cel­e­brat­ing its 5oth an­niver­sary and they said that it was lovely to cel­e­brate Thomas’s spe­cial day with him.

Deputy Store Man­ager at B&Q Chel­tenham Hay­ley Foy said:”this year it’s B&Q’S 50 an­niver­sary,so it was lovely sharing our big birth­day with Thomas’s fifth birth­day.

“I think the col­leagues en­joyed the visit as much as Thomas and his fam­ily did, and we’re so pleased he’s en­joyed all of his birth­day sur­prises.

“In­spir­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of home im­provers is so im­por­tant to B&Q, which is why we’re thrilled to have played a part in mak­ing Thomas’s birth­day ex­tra spe­cial.”

Thomas Norse-wright

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