Date: 1 April 2005
Originally published in: Bury Free Press (UK)
Eighties pop star turned garden designer Kim Wilde opened the newly-refurbished Wyevale Garden Centre, in Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday. Kim, who had such hits as Kids in America and You Keep Me Hanging On, officially opened the centre at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The refurbishment and refit of the centre included a major rebuilding programme, which includes a new family restaurant, improved pet department, an extended garden furniture and barbecue showroom and new home, gift and plant area.
Eve McLoughlin, of Wyevale, said it had been a really good day. “She was very accommodating and friendly,” she said. “She stayed all day, spoke to customers, signed autographs – she seemed very popular. It was a very busy day.”
The launch was filled with activities and entertainment, including a jazz band and children’s favourite Noddy.
As part of the celebrations, Wyevale also launched a new lavender blue Sweet Pea named Kim Wilde. This will be sold exclusively at Wyevale Garden Centres nationwide.