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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Workington newsagent top Lottery fund-raiser

A WORKINGTON newsagent has become the National Lottery’s top fund-raising independent retailer in the UK.

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WE WON: From left, Workington Town player Jarrad Stack, Soundwaves director Sarah Kekus, shop owner Richard James and Workington Town player Brett Carter plus puppets David Roberts, left, and Sarah Wallcook

Richard James Newsagents Ltd, on Finkle Street, has been awarded a plaque for selling the products over 19 years.

Richard James, 73, who has owned the newsagents for 30 years, said: “When I and my wife Anne started the shop it was half the size and we couldn’t afford any staff but over the years we invested money and decided to extend.

“When we started doing the lottery in 1994 it really took off and those customers have kept coming back.

“It’s absolutely wonderful that we’ve come out top and feels like all the hard work has paid off.

“The sales are really down to my manager Tracy Robinson who has worked here for 25 years and nine members of staff who have a great rapport with customers and provide an excellent service.”

Local projects which have benefited from Lottery funding include SoundWave, at the Carnegie Theatre in Workington, which received £1.5 million over the past 10 years and Workington Town Rugby League Football Club, which received £63,000 in 2010.

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