Lidl bit of limelight for Mary and Adrian

July 13th, 2017 5:05 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

TV ad stars Mary and Adrian Spillett from Blarney, cutting the ribbon to officially open Lidl's new store in Macroom, watched by manager John Byrne. (Photo: John Roche)

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THEY are the most popular stars of Lidl’s TrolleyCam TV campaign so it wasn’t surprising that  Mary and Adrian Spillett from Blarney were asked to officially open the new Lidl store in Macroom.

The husband and wife, who have six children, are taking their new found fame all in their stride since their trolley cam trip around Lidl first aired on our television screens.

‘The reaction to us in the ad has been absolutely brilliant and we’ve had so much fun doing it. People are coming up to us when we are shopping to say how much they love the ad,’ Mary told The Southern Star.

‘It was my son Adrian who entered our names into a competition and I had no idea what he was on about so I said work away. Then in March, we got a call from Lidl asking us to come to their Churchfield store to do a shopping trip with a camera at the end of the trolley, which we did and it was great fun. 

‘We were conscious of the camera for about five minutes but then we just carried on doing our normal shopping.’

Following this, Mary and Adrian – who is a retired fireman  – were then asked to do another trolley cam in Clonmel and it was only after this that they were told they were selected to be one of six families taking part in Lidl’s new ad campaign that was inspired by the likes of Gogglebox.

‘We then got a call from Lidl to ask us if we would cut the tape at the new Lidl store in Macroom and we were delighted to do it. We felt like celebrities as people were asking us for selfies,’ added Mary. 

The new Lidl store in Macroom took five months to build and now boasts a number of new facilities including an increased store floor area, a larger bakery, a ‘to go’ coffee machine and upgraded staff facilities.

‘We are delighted to open our new store in Macroom after five months of construction,’ said manager John Byrne.

‘This store boasts a new architectural design and spacious store layout, meaning that we can offer our customers a greater shopping experience.’

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