A fantastic ambassador retires

LIKE every Saints fan I was saddened to hear that inspirational skipper Paul Wellens has called time on his career – and retired after 18 years.

But what a career it’s been! He’s won five Grand Finals, five Challenge Cups and two World Club Challenges – a record that most could only dream of.

He really is one of the all-time greats – respected throughout the sport by fans, players and commentators. And he’s always been a fantastic ambassador for his hometown.

Paul’s retirement was forced on him by injury and everyone wishes him well with the vital surgery he needs. And, of course, his talents and experience won’t be lost to Saints – as he will be taking up a coaching job with the club.

On behalf of the borough and rugby league fans across the world, I’d like to thank Paul for his contributions to rugby league and to his local community.

I WAS pleased to announce this week that two more high-profile retailers will be arriving on the flagship West Point site in the town centre.

Both Costa Coffee and Bella Italia have confirmed they will be moving into premises at the new development – joining supermarket giant Aldi which opened its doors to the public in May.

And in a further boost to our leisure offer, we’re hoping to confirm plans soon for a new bowling alley on the 5.3 acre site.

This site was derelict for a long time but now we can all see how it is being brought back to life with an exciting retail and leisure offer that further strengthens the town centre.

The imminent arrival of Costa Coffee and Bella Italia complements the wider leisure offer in that part of town, particularly the nearby Cineworld cinema.

INDEPENDENTS’ Day (4 July) is just around the corner – that time of year when St Helens Council celebrates and promotes the borough’s independent retailers.

Independent retailers are a vital part of any town – and it’s important that we promote the enterprise and diversity of our local businesses at every opportunity

We’ve got a great range of high street stores and independent shops across the borough -  St Helens Photo Studio, Jamm Studios, ODs Jewellers and the Saturday Makers Market to name just a few.

We’ve also got quality restaurants, pubs and bars, like the Firkin, Newton-le-Willows, and unique ventures like skills workshop Crafty Fingers in Thatto Heath.

So why not spend this Independents’ Day, 4 July, seeing what's on offer on your doorstep?

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