VIDEO: Crowd gathers for Hills Department Store’s £1.65million stock disposal sale

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Bargain hunters were out in force this morning (Friday) for the start of Hills Department Store’s £1.65million stock disposal sale.

Around 50 people gathered in front of the South Holland Centre in Spalding Market Place to wait for the department store doors to open at 10am.

Hills superfan Paula Diamanti waits for the doors to open for the grand sale.

Hills superfan Paula Diamanti waits for the doors to open for the grand sale.

Hills superfan Paula Diamanti was one of the first on the scene and was happy to spare a few moments to chat.

She told us: “I warn you, when those doors open I am bolting.

“Hills have always had the most wonderful selection of clothing, at all prices, and beautifully chosen.”

Paula divides her time between Spalding and London but thinks Hills is the tops, preferring to shop in Spalding rather than the city.

“It’s such a huge asset to this town,” said Paula. “I have been in Spalding for two-and-a-half years and I have always done my shopping here. This is just how a department store should be.”

Paula, a retired secretary to the ambassador at the Japanese embassy in London, also loves kitchenware and linens at Hills, and says it’s the perfect place for buying Christmas and birthday presents.

She spends weekdays in Spalding and weekends in London, but says: “London is big and just to come here where everything is under one roof is marvellous.”

Hills grand sale, with up to 70 per cent off ticket prices, continues tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday.

The stock clearance will make way for new stock, new departments and new displays.

There are big bargains across all departments, including ladies’ fashion, menswear, schoolwear, the perfumery, kitchenware, china, glass, bed linen and gifts.