Just weeks after passing her test, a young driver received an amazing Christmas gift - winning a brand new £10,000 car!
Zara Hilton, who works at Grandma Pollard’s fish and chip shop and restaurant at Rochdale Road, Walsden, entered the draw which was run by Nortech Foods Ltd a few months ago.
Nortech supplies many fish and chip restaurants all over the country with Superior beef dripping for their chips and were offering the fantastic prize - a new three-door Ford Fiesta Studio in Race Red - to mark 30 years of the brand.
Zara, 26, of Todmorden, took and passed her driving test on November 9 and bought herself a second hand car, with the news that she had won Nortech’s competition arriving at the perfect time.
She said: “On the morning I found out that I’d won I had been telling someone about how my car had started giving me problems. It was making funny noises and had started to leak a bit.”
So on the Monday before Christmas, she took delivery of the new car, chosen by Nortech as it is Ford’s best selling brand in the UK and the company thought that tied in perfectly with the anniversary of the best-selling Superior dripping.
Grandma Pollard’s owner Tony Pollard explained how the competition had been run and said Zara’s winning ticket was akin to finding one of the famous golden tickets in the Willy Wonka film.
“For the last three months inside each box of the product there has been a competition voucher and Zara sent in 15 of them. There were thousands and thousands of entries, and Zara’s got the ‘golden ticket’!” he said.
Grandma Pollard’s are supplied with Nortech’s Superior beef dripping by the D. A. Whitley company of Heywood, and after Nortech’s sales and commercial manager Alan Hackett had checked everything with Tony, they were able to break the good news to Zara.
She said: “I thought ‘oh no what have I done’ but then they told me that I’d won the competition and the car. I cried, Tony cried, everyone cried!”
Tony Rodgers, chairman of D. A. Whitley, a long-standing business friend who has worked with Tony’s fish and chip restaurants for many years, also came in to join the celebrations.
Zara said: “I still can’t quite believe it, it hasn’t sunk in! I would never have been able to afford a brand new car.”
The competition was Nortech’s biggest prize draw to date and follows on from the success of the past two years which saw workers winning up to £1,000 of Thomas Cook holiday vouchers.