Princess Elsa, Captain America and carnival dancers have descended on Lake this morning (Friday).
They were joined by local charities, producers and residents for the official opening of the new Morrisons, which follows seven months of building work and partial closures.
The big ribbon-cutting moment went to 13-year-old Ed Ibrahim, who was diagnosed with cancer when he was just nine and is in recovery.
Ed’s mum, Denise, said the support from CLIC Sargent – the store’s chosen charity – was incredible:
“They appeared like magic when we were first diagnosed. The financial support, the emotional support – they’ve just been absolutely great. Every penny helps, so when you’re putting your loose change in that pot, honestly, every little helps.”
Store Manager, Andy Dingle added:
“To have Ed here is just really emotional.
“We have collections going on most weeks here just to try and support locally an also nationally and to have Ed here was touching – I think there were a few tears around.”
Morrisons may be a national name but Andy says local produce is at the heart of the store:
“I’ve been working really hard for the last five years to try and get more local products in here and we’ve actually managed to achieve that now. We’ve got beer, we’ve got water, we’ve got biscuits, we’ve got the local cheeses come in, and we’re going to get local vegetables when the season kicks in as well so I’ve been on a bit of a crusade with that and we’ve actually got there finally.”