Former international referee Paul Durkin in town on FA Cup Final day

Paul Durkin

Former international referee Paul Durkin was in town today to promote the new Ladbrokes betting shop that opened earlier in the week at the Willow Brook Centre.

Football fans looking to place bets on today’s FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Everton had the opportunity to chat with Mr Durkin about his experience of refereeing the Final back in 1998 when Arsenal and Newcastle United competed for the trophy.

Mr Durkin, who was England’s only referee at the 1998 FIFA World Cup Finals in France, retired in 2004 and now works as a referee assessor for the English FA.

Ladbrokes Store

The new Ladbrokes shop, which has a staff of five, opened its doors on Wednesday (27th May). Manager Lee Taylor says business has been brisk in the first few days, with opening promotions (including a free £2 bet) attracting plenty of punters.

Customers can also take part in a raffle for a football shirt signed by Ashley Cole, which is on display in the shop. The draw is expected to be made on Sunday evening and proceeds will go to a local charity.

The shop is open from 9am to 9:30pm Monday to Saturday and from 11am to 6pm on Sundays.

More Photos of Paul Durkin’s visit: album; slideshow.

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