Refurbished store wins thumbs-up from pupils

Co-operative store manager, Dan Collett, looks on as the kids team up to perform the official opening.  'They are from left Reece Sanders (aged 10), Louis Philburn (aged 11), Kian Roberts (aged 10), Tia Ambler (aged 10), Rachael Heywood (aged 10) holding the scissors, Jack Simpson (aged 10), Katie Barber (age 11) and Jade Pinner (aged 10).
Co-operative store manager, Dan Collett, looks on as the kids team up to perform the official opening. 'They are from left Reece Sanders (aged 10), Louis Philburn (aged 11), Kian Roberts (aged 10), Tia Ambler (aged 10), Rachael Heywood (aged 10) holding the scissors, Jack Simpson (aged 10), Katie Barber (age 11) and Jade Pinner (aged 10).
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SNIP snip! Schoolchildren were given the starring role when they cut the ribbon to mark the opening of a revamped supermarket.

Youngsters from Richard Newman Primary School, Smithies, Barnsley, were given the job of officially opening the new-look Co-op food store at nearby New Lodge.

The shop has been given a £220,000 makeover with fresh signs, layout, fridges and a new in-store bakery, which will serve bread and pastries every day.

Dan Collett, store manager, said he was ‘delighted’ the Year 6 children - aged 10 and 11 - were able to take part.

He said: “As a community retailer it is appropriate we involve the community in our special events.”

The school also received a £200 donation from the Co-operative as a thank you for their involvement.