Brighton MP’s letter proves just the ticket for shopkeepers

Posted On 17 Mar 2017 at 12:12 pm

A couple who bought a shop had a run of bad luck with lottery firm Camelot until their MP got involved.

Simon Kirby with James and Michelle Johnson


James and Michelle Johnson took over the Ovingdean Village Stores, in Longhill Road, Ovingdean, last year.

Mr Johnson said: “When we bought the shop the lottery machine wasn’t transferred so we had to reapply.

“We had trouble getting anywhere with Camelot so we got in touch with Simon Kirby. He wrote to them and that was very helpful.”

Mr Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, which includes Ovingdean, popped in today (Friday 17 March) and bought a lottery ticket. He gave it to constituent Jo Goddard towards a local campaign for a defibrillator.

He said: “I was pleased to visit James and Michelle this morning and see the lottery terminal for myself. I am sure that local residents are pleased that it is back in the village store.”

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