Ex-Arsenal football star opens building trade store

Ex-England footballer Ray Parlour with fans and staff at Gibbs and Dandy's new store in Spalding.
Ex-England footballer Ray Parlour with fans and staff at Gibbs and Dandy's new store in Spalding.
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Gibbs and Dandy Builders Merchants proved they were real sports by welcoming a star guest to the opening of their new store in Spalding.

Former Arsenal and England footballer Ray Parlour cut the ribbon on the store in St Thomas Road, the first for Gibbs and Dandy in Lincolnshire.

Ray, who won ten senior England caps, attended the opening in his role as a Team Builders’ ambassador for Gibbs and Dandy, helping to build up links between the firm and local sports clubs.

During his visit, the ex-professional met local tradesmen and took part in a target shootout before presenting prizes to people who had won them during the opening for their sports clubs.

He said: “The event was really good fun and gave me the opportunity to meet skilled tradesmen from the area, as well as the great Gibbs and Dandy team.

“Team Builders is a great way of supporting sports clubs in an area where a new store opens.”

Matt Marsden, the new store’s manager, said: “We pride ourselves on being a team that is knowledgeable about the local area and providing a service tailored to the needs of our customers and the community.”