Workwear Express plays starring role in classic BBC sitcom Open All Hours

Workwear Express produced an eye-catching range of commemorative aprons worn by characters in the series Still Open All Hours

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Still Open All Hours

A County Durham manufacturer has kitted out a star-studded cast performing in one of Britain’s most loved television sitcoms.

The BBC’s classic Open All Hours made a return this winter with a brand new series, almost four decades since the show first hit the screens in 1976.

Workwear Express produced an eye-catching range of commemorative aprons worn by characters such as the hapless Granville, who has inherited his great uncle Arkwright’s grocery store.

The 100 aprons contained the Arkwright logo along with the name of the show and the filming locations embroidered across the chest.

The logo consisted of more than 20,000 individual stitches and was manufactured by Workwear’s state-of-the-art equipment, which produces around 60,000 individually embroidered logos each week.

Only Fools and Horses star David Jason is once again playing the role of Granville for the new six-part series, Still Open All Hours, which is being aired on the BBC.

He is joined by original cast members Stephanie Cole, Maggie Ollerenshaw and Lynda Baron along with new faces Johnny Vegas and Tim Healy, star of Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

Andrew Ward, managing director and founder of Workwear, said: “We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to provide customised aprons for such a prestigious television show.

“It makes me very proud to watch the show and see the fruits of our labours.

“We’ve invested in some of the best embroidery and screen printing facilities in the UK, which means we can customise workwear and uniforms with any logo.

“This flexibility has allowed us to strengthen our position in the corporate clothing sector and diversify into new markets such as the events, promotions and leisure sectors.”

Mr Ward launched Workwear in 1990 and since then the company has become a major player in the corporate clothing market.

Significant investments in state-of-the-art equipment has allowed the Belmont Industrial Estate company to run both large and very small print runs and achieve a 24-hour turnaround on client orders.

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