Passers-by on Main Street in Coatbridge were given VIP treatment and entertained by high-energy performances thanks to a flash mob.

This was all part of a family fun launch day event to mark Specsavers relocation and official opening of its brand-new opticians and audiologists.

The Stephanie Duff Academy of Irish Dance and hip-hop troupe Dance Stars, fused their dance styles to create an unforgettable experience and other group performances followed, attracting a considerable crowd.

Special guest

The new store was officially declared open with a ribbon cut by Sandra Brown OBE, author and founder of charity The Moira Anderson Foundation. 

The modernised store – which has moved from its original Main Street location to a bigger and better unit just a few doors along – was a hive of activity as it showcased its new state-of-the-art facilities.

A DJ played outside and those who dropped in received VIP treatment, walking along a red carpet on their way in the door and enjoying sweet treats from a vintage-inspired candy cart including freshly made popcorn and candyfloss.

Youngsters were also kept entertained with a balloon modeller and face painter.

Fantastic event to mark the official opening

Alison Grieve, director of Specsavers in Coatbridge, says: ‘We are so proud of our brand new store which has trebled in size. It’s more accessible, we can showcase more styles and collections and what’s more, we now offer a dedicated audiology service.

‘We were delighted to showcase all our enhanced services to the local community during our family fun launch party and want to thank everyone who came along to support us.

‘In particular I’d like to thank H&C Attractions for the fabulous balloon modelling, face painting and sweet treats they provided and our two dance schools for their enthusiastic and entertaining performances - what fantastic local talent!

‘Finally I would like to thank all the Specsavers team who helped make the day a success, especially Heather for all her hard work behind the scenes and Laura for baking the delicious personalised cake.’

Prizes up for grabs

The Specsavers team were on the lookout throughout the afternoon for glamourous glasses wearers while scouting for their Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition. Customers also had the opportunity to make donations on the day to the Moira Anderson Foundation.

Between now and the end of the month, anyone who gets a new pair of glasses at the store will automatically be entered into a prize draw and the lucky winner will win back the cost of their new frames.

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