If you ventured into Southam, Warwickshire recently, you would have been forgiven for thinking that you were in Peckham, London. Boycie was there at the ‘Nags Head’ bar with a yellow three wheeler outside Nelson Mandela House. The opening of Mask-arade’s new distribution hub took on an Only Fools and Horses theme, complete with Del Boy ‘cushty’ cocktails.
The highlight of the day was the special appearance of the TV sitcom’s car dealer, Boycie. Actor John Challis was invited to carry out the official opening ceremony of Nelson Mandela House, which is next door to the firm’s headquarters. The personalised and celebrity mask making firm, which is celebrating its fifth year in business, made the £200,000 investment after enjoying another year of growth.
Dean Walton, director, said: “It has been a great year for Mask-arade, particularly with sales of our One Direction licensed products. We have also secured licences for a number of the world’s leading football teams including Chelsea and Manchester United. To keep up with demand, we have had to expand the business and open a new distribution hub. We decided that there wasn’t a better theme than Only Fools and Horses, which is one of our most successful range of masks.”
During the open day, more than 100 people enjoyed cocktails and entertainment as well as a chance to meet Boycie and get signed copies of his books.
The three company directors, Dean Walton, Ray Duffy and Chris O’Nyan, first met John Challis after launching their officially licensed Only Fools and Horses range, which includes Del Boy, Rodney, Boycie, Trigger, Uncle Albert and Marlene. They hit it off immediately and he kindly agreed to open Nelson Mandela House.
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