PETER Rabbit paid a visit to the new Waterstones in Parkway on Saturday and was on hand to cut the ribbon at the official opening.
The Beatrix Potter character proved a great hit with children and adults alike as youngsters queued for a cuddle; and a special Peter Rabbit cake went down a treat with the crowds gathered at the shop. The new café, which serves food from local traders Hethertons, Cocochoux of Kintbury and The Flower Pot café in Inches Yard, was doing brisk business, with many visitors taking advantage of the sunshine to sit at the tables outside the shop.
Waterstones has moved from its old premises in Northbrook Street into the new purpose-built building, and manager Annie Gibb-Cohen is excited about the new plans for the store: “We have a large children’s section at the back with a tepee for them to sit in and read or just play, while the adults can have a coffee and browse the books.
“We also have a lot of activities planned, with author visits, including Holly Webb, who will be hosting a special storytime on Saturday, June 13 from 11am to midday and The Imaginary author A F Harrold will be signing books on Saturday, June 20.
“And for the adults, Gill Hornby will be signing copies of her latest book All Together Now on Saturday, July 4.”