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Newtown pharmacist celebrates 120th anniversary

Created on 15/11/2016 @ 15:00
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A Newtown pharmacist has been the special guest along with Montgomeryshire AM Russell George at an event to celebrate 120 years of Boots UK being in Wales.

Gareth was chosen by Boots UK to represent colleagues in Montgomeryshire on the special occasion which was held at the National Assembly for Wales’s landmark Pierhead building.
Boots brought its distinctive blue and white logo to its first store in Wales in 1896. Today there are 114 stores and more than 2,800 staff working in the heart of communities across Wales and it is one of the largest employers of trained healthcare professionals in the country outside the NHS, offering pharmacy, opticians and hearing care services.

The company has a store in Newtown and another in Welshpool.
Gareth was among the Boots colleagues who heard a special address by Welsh Government Ministers as well as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Boots, Elizabeth Fagan. Other guests included Boots UK’s charity partners, Macmillan Cancer Support and BBC Children in Need as well as representatives from business organisations and from the health sector.
Montgomeryshire Assembly Member, Russell George said: “It was a pleasure to be able to meet Gareth and his colleagues and to hear more of the work that’s done in our Boots stores in Montgomeryshire to improve the health of our community. Boots has been a staple feature of our high streets for such a long time and as such has become an important local employer. I wish them well for the future.”
Mr Bevan said: “I thoroughly enjoyed representing my team in Newtown and it was great being a part of the 120th celebration in Cardiff Bay. It was wonderful to see members of the Welsh Government and the National Assembly, in particular meeting our local AM, Russell George, who showed his appreciation of the work we do in our Boots store to support the local community in Newtown.

“It was also lovely to see some of the Boots memorabilia on display and photos of our stores across the century.  I am really proud that Boots has such strong roots in Wales and to see all of the work that we do to support our local community in Newtown being celebrated.”

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