Kettering mum wins shop poetry prize

Sarah Wonfor, pictured with her boys Cameron (two) and Kayden (one). Presenting her prize is store manager John Cory

Sarah Wonfor, pictured with her boys Cameron (two) and Kayden (one). Presenting her prize is store manager John Cory

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A Kettering mum-of-two has seen off thousands of would be 99p Poet Laureates to be crowned ‘Value VIP’.

Northampton-based discount giant 99p Stores had asked for poems and verses from its shoppers from across the UK to sum up its value brand since its launch a decade ago, to coincide with National Poetry Day last week.

Sarah Wonfor – who has two sons aged one and two – sent in the following verse:

99p Stores is totally fab,

All of the products are anything but drab.

Excellent prices and goodies galore,

I can’t say I’ve shopped at a better store.

My shopping experience is such a delight,

I know what I’ll pay with no sudden fright.

Amazing, fantastic, your products are ace,

What’s why to all I recommend this place!

Sarah won a £99 shopping voucher, and her poem is on display at the Kettering branch of 99p Stores, as well as on the company’s official website and Facebook page.

The 29-year-old said: “I’m delighted to have won. I can’t believe it. I love 99p Stores. It’s an essential part of our community and in a climate where money is so very tight it offers excellent value to all of those on tight budgets.”

99p Stores boss Hussein Lalani added: “Our congratulations to Sarah. We feel she summed up everything we are trying to do on the High Street to deliver value to our two million value-savvy shoppers. Sarah’s witty and clever poem was the very best of some wonderful entries.

“We particularly liked her line: ‘I know what I’ll pay with no sudden fright.’ This is at the heart of what we do.

“At 99p Stores when you buy 10 items you know exactly what the final bill will be – less than ten pounds. At other stores shoppers have become extremely nervy in these ever challenging times. They haven’t a clue what their basket or trolley will cost.”