Jungle king Biggins steals the show

KING of the Jungle Christopher Biggins was the toast of one of the region's biggest organisations today after he swept in to steal the show at a gala evening.

KING of the Jungle Christopher Biggins was the toast of one of the region's biggest organisations today after he swept in to steal the show at a gala evening.

Biggins - who charmed the nation as he won ITV's “I'm a Celebrity” jungle boot camp - was guest of honour at The East of England Co-operative Society's Oscas awards evening at Suffolk Showground.

The star of classic TV shows, including Porridge and Poldark, handed out the gongs to Co-op gold and silver award winners from across the region.

He told guests he was “thrilled to be part of such a special evening and loved the Co-op and all it stands for.”


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The annual Oscas - Outstanding Service to Customers And Staff - saw awards dished out to outstanding individuals and top performing branches.

Among the winners was John Lawrence, a warehouse operative from Paul's Road in Ipswich, who scooped Specialist Retail Employee of the Year.

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It was the second event of its kind and Richard Samson, East of England Co-op chief executive, said it had been the best yet.

“Our first OSCAS event last year was fantastic, but I believe it was surpassed this year with Christopher Biggins playing a big part in making the evening special for the many society colleagues who attended.

“It is a great accolade to be nominated for one of our OSCAS Awards, particularly as nominations this year were made by society colleagues.

“Our business is all about co-operation and coming together in this way to acknowledge those who have done something extra special in the past year is very important.

“The Co-op is a very special organisation and I am proud to lead such a fantastic team of people.”

See next Tuesday's Evening Star for an eight-page Oscas special.

Do you know a colleague who deserves an award? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

See Edblog for more on Christopher Biggin's appearance in Ipswich.

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