Castlewellan actress Niamh McGrady, star of the Fall and Holby City, was in town on Easter Saturday, to officially open the new Specsavers Downpatrick store.
Based in The Grove Shopping Centre, the new opticians and audiologists is owned and run by store directors Lynsey Caldwell and Paula Cunningham, who have invested £250,000 in the premises, creating seven jobs.
They invited Niamh along to cut the ceremonial ribbon, followed by an afternoon of Easter fun for the local community including face painting, balloon modelling and an Easter egg giveaway.
Lynsey and Paula have run the successful Specsavers Connswater store in east Belfast for the last 16 years. With more than 35 years’ combined experience in providing essential health services to the community they are well placed to open the new Downpatrick branch.
It has state-of-the-art facilities including two test rooms and a hearing centre with a soundproof room for hearing testing.
Lynsey said: ‘It was fantastic to have Niamh, a home-grown celebrity, to officially open our new store and to have some Easter fun with the local community.’