RNLI and pupils help open stores

Volunteer crew members from Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station cut the ribbon to officially open retailer B&M's new store at the Coast Road Retail Park, North Shields, joined by the store's staff, management and North Tyneside Council deputy chairman, Coun Gary Bell. Picture by Adrian Don/RNLI.

Volunteer crew members from Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station cut the ribbon to officially open retailer B&M's new store at the Coast Road Retail Park, North Shields, joined by the store's staff, management and North Tyneside Council deputy chairman, Coun Gary Bell. Picture by Adrian Don/RNLI.

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Two new stores have opened at a thriving business park.

Special guests, dignitaries and schoolchildren were invited to the openings of a new B&M Bargains store and Pets at Home outlet at Coast Road Retail Park last Friday.

The B&M store, which has created 50 new jobs, was opened by North Tyneside Council’s deputy chairman Gary Bell and representatives from the Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station.

The RNLI received £250 worth of B&M vouchers from area manager Paul Hamilton as a gesture of thanks for opening the new store.

RNLI volunteers were also on hand to bag pack for the first B&M customers, raising further money for the charity on the store’s first day.

Marie Rycroft, store manager at B&M Coast Road said: “We’re really proud to be creating another 50 jobs this year and continuing to play our part in the local community.”

Coun Bell was joined by pupils from Collingwood Primary School to open the Pets at Home store, as they were able to get up close to some furry friends.