Pat Jennings was at the official re-opening of William Hills Tottenham branch that was gutted during the August riots on 6/8/11. The burning carcass of the shop on Tottenham High Road was one of the iconic and enduring images of the riots last year and after £350,000 investment and six months hard work, the doors were opened by the former Spurs player.
Also present at the ceremony were the two members of staff, Sean Biquette and Owen McKenzie, who were working on the night and who guided customers to safety through the back of the shop when the premises came under attack.
As the official betting partner of the FA Cup, William Hill also had the trophy on site so that customers and staff could have their photo taken with it.
It is wonderful to see things get back to normal on Tottenham High Street. What happened during the riots was terrible but the aftermath has really drawn the community together, said Pat Jennings. Lets not forget about Sean and Owen as well. They have to be commended for their bravery on the night the shop was attacked.
The old shop was a great place for people to get together and meet their friends and now they can do it in style as the new shop looks absolutely fantastic, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly.
Spurs are William Hills 3/1 third favourites to win the trophy, with their quarter final opponents, Bolton 33/1.
William Hill FA Cup Outright: 2/1 Liverpool; 9/4 Chelsea; 3/1 Tottenham; 8/1 Sunderland; 8/1 Everton; 33/1 Bolton
Photo Of Shop opening with Pat Jennings, staff and FA Cup attached
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