Any independent estate agency planning to launch a new branch pulls every string available to stir up publicity for its new office.
But eight-branch NW England firm Ashtons has pulled an extraordinary coup after persuading former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar (above, second left) to launch its latest high street location.
Its new branch on Kiln Lane in Eccleston, Lancashire was launched over the weekend by former footballer Grobbelaar alongside local rugby star Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.
Zimbabwean Grobbelaar spent 14 years at Liverpool between 1981 and 1994 winning six league titles, three FA Cups, three League Cups and a European Cup in his time at the club.
McCarthy-Scarsbrook joined Saints in 2011 and was part of last month’s Grand Final winning team and has been granted a testimonial by the club ahead of his tenth season with Saints in 2020.
“We have longed to open an office in Eccleston and we are delighted that so many local residents and familiar faces have spared their time to help us celebrate,” says Ashtons managing director Kristian Derrick.
The launch co-incided with a raffle with prizes including signed Liverpool and Saint shirts, pro-golf lessons and Haydock Racecourse tickets.