The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Stoke-on-Trent joined colleagues in unveiling a £150,000 store refurbishment which will expand the state-of-the-art facilities and services offered to customers.

Lord Mayor Councillor Ross Irving and Lady Mayoress Christine Warren visited the Market Street store to celebrate the milestone and find out more about the importance of good eye health. A brand new public defibrillator, only the second in Longton, was also gifted to the town by Specsavers to mark the occasion.

A breakfast party buffet, refreshments, face painting and bespoke goody bags were on offer to thank customers for their support and loyalty. The store team also showcased a brand new audiology soundproof test room, optical test room and customer tablets.

Store director Tracey Britton says: ‘It was fabulous to get the support of our distinguished guests and fantastic customers to celebrate this investment into our store and the optical and hearing services we offer to local people.’

A life-saving gift

The donation of a new public defibrillator also took place following a campaign by local fundraiser Mary James. Tracey adds: ‘After Mary approached us asking for help raising money for a new defibrillator for the town, which only has one, we decided to fund this to benefit residents with this essential facility.

‘I recently attended a first aid training course, so I appreciate how crucial these are in a life-threatening emergency.’

Advice from the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor Councillor Ross Irving spoke to the Specsavers team about the importance of regular eye checks to maintain healthy eyes.

He says: ‘Our eyes are so important and regular visits to the optician can help guard against potentially life threatening diseases.

‘Specsavers is an essential and valued part of Longton town centre and, as one of our thriving businesses, it’s great to be in store helping them to celebrate today.’

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