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Everyone's a winner at the Totally shows

Published: 9 April 2013
Buyers visiting this year's Totally DIY and Totally Tools show had the chance to walk away with a host of prizes on offer from exhibitors, and the organisers have now brought together and released all the names of the lucky winners.
Chris Lloyd of Charlie's Stores in Newtown, Powys, won Draper Tools' 'guess how many' challenge on a jar full of screwdriver bits and receives a 12ft run of Draper Tools DIY Series products worth over £3,500.

On the Bond It stand visitors had to make a clean pass through the hole in the graphic of a player from Huddersfield Giants rugby, which is sponsored by Bond It, to win a replica rugby shirt. On target were Alan Lee from Security Express in Mawdesley, Colin Henrich from Mainlys of Devizes, Inderpal Bachu of Greenford Timber in London, Martin Clark from Golden Goose in London, Leon Abrahamson of Eco Entrepot, Simon Pantony from Smart Consumables in Ilminster and Nick Martin of BM Plumbing in Leicester.

Craig Howlett from the Charles Dickens hardware store in Hartlepool won a competition put on by the Specialist Group for an overnight stay at the majestic Peckforton Castle, near Tarporley. And finally, over at the Tool Museum, created by Monument Tools from the personal collection of director John Collier, visitors had the chance of winning a limited edition set of four fine prints, reproductions from the pages of an original Richard Timmins tool catalogue first published around 1855.

The three winners, one from each day, were Mr Pease of Pease of Garforth, Mr Park of West Houghton DIY and Helen Keith of Robert Dyas, who all correctly guessed the date of the oldest plane on display.

"There were also plenty of other offers around the show for visitors to enjoy, and it's great to see that our winners really did come from all parts of the country!" commented show director Paul Grinsell. "We'd like to thank all the competition organisers and encourage them to do it all again next year!"

This year's event was the first to be held at Coventry's Ricoh Arena. "No one was sure beforehand quite how the show in the new venue at Coventry would stack up," commented Graham Wade, managing director of Draper Tools, "and even though the weather was an issue for some visitors trying to attend, Draper Tools were very pleased with the quality of visitors who did attend and the leads we took.

"We feel this show is an asset to the trade and would hope, now in its new venue, the show will grow and be a success for us all."

The 2014 Totally DIY & Totally Tools shows will run from Sunday, February 16 to Tuesday, February 18 in the Jaguar Hall at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

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