Shrewsbury NHS worker wins luxury weekend car and castle stay over

A Shropshire NHS worker will be driving into the sunset in fine style after winning the loan of a top-of-the-range car and a hotel stay.

Oliver Benbow hands over the Evoque keys to Annaliza Bottomley, watched on by Paul Bennett and Dave Prince
Oliver Benbow hands over the Evoque keys to Annaliza Bottomley, watched on by Paul Bennett and Dave Prince

Healthcare worker Annaliza Bottomley won the prize during a 90s revival live DJ set, broadcast by Dave Prince and fellow long-standing Shrewsbury DJ Paul Bennett, who have been hosting Lockdown Live broadcasts on Facebook from their kitchens over the past 16 weeks during the Covid-19 crisis.

Annaliza, 31, from Meole Brace, who is married with three boys, works at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, and said: “I was nominated by my friend Natasha Taylor and was face-timing my mother during the show on Saturday when I noticed several missed calls on my phone and when I checked, it was Natasha, screaming ‘you’ve won, you’ve won’.

Annaliza Bottomley

“I am absolutely thrilled to be drawn out of the hat live on air and get the chance to come into the showroom and take my choice of these beautiful prestigious vehicles and my prize also includes a stay at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, so that will be a really welcome special break for me.”

Dave Prince said: “Over the past weeks we have amassed a great following with people tuning in from all over the world as there is a large following for 90s music and we decided to offer this prize as a thank you to NHS staff.

"However, this weekend will see the last of our shows, between 6pm and 8pm, as we concentrate our efforts and begin preparations for staging our big 90s Revival event in Shrewsbury next year.”

Head of business at Hatfields Jaguar Land Rover in Shrewsbury, Oliver Benbow, added: “We are delighted to give something back to the NHS and the community and are sure that Annaliza will simply love her weekend away in the latest Range Rover Evoque, and as a member of our fantastic NHS she certainly deserves it.

“I am an avid 90s music fan, listening to all their lockdown shows and these lads really are true Shropshire legends, so we are only too pleased to support them as they have brought more than a little light relief throughout these concerned times.”

Dave Prince and Paul Bennett had to cancel their main event this year but will be back in action together with around 10 live bands at the two-night 90s Revival meeting to be held at the county showground in Shrewsbury June 4 and 5 next year.

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