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Nation hears Sarah shouting about stationery as she cuts in on Radio 2 show


SARAH Laker hasn’t let national radio fame go to her head after she set about making sure the whole country had heard of Stationery Shop Saturday at the weekend.

For the owner of Stationery Supplies Marple was happy to stand in the middle of her town with soaking wet hair and a stylists’ cape to make sure she had a mobile signal to call Radio 2.
Sarah, who sponsored of the penultimate day of National Stationery Week to shout about how brilliant independent shops are, secured national radio coverage when she rang the All Request Friday slot on DJ Sara Cox’s afternoon drivetime show on Friday, May 3, as she was having her hair cut.
“I had to go out of the hairdressers, Sherlocks in Marple Bridge, and up the hill to get a signal,” Sarah said, “it was so funny, I was getting lots of strange looks – and my social media went slightly bonkers following my radio appearance.”
The BBC Radio star (inset) made sure she name-checked Sarah’s store, asked all about her love of stationery and even persuaded people to honk their car horns as they drove past her complete with wet hair and cape leaning on a wall (pictured).
Sarah told Sara how running a stationery shop is her dream job, and that she had a “fine collection of scented erasers” as a child, along with “a beautiful Parker fountain pen, and lots of different coloured inks in bottles that I’d dip my fountain pen in and write my letters”.
And the Drivetime host admitted to being a stationery addict herself “because in this world of screens and technology you can’t beat a lovely brand-new notepad and a lovely new pen”.
Although she has supported National Stationery Week since it started Sarah, who was one of the judges for the awards at the Stationery Show London last week, only got involved as a sponsor a few weeks ago.
She added: “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind as I just wanted to shout about stationery and how great independent stores are. There’s been so much doom and gloom on the High Street recently, so I wanted just to be able to say we’re here and we have all this knowledge that we can pass on.
“#stationeryshopsaturday was amazing, Marple came out in force to support me –many of them had heard me on the radio.
“It was fabulous to see the hashtag being used by stationers all over the UK, with suppliers and non-specialist stationers also joining in to share the stationery love. If we can achieve so much in three short weeks imagine what can be happen in the next year!”
NSW ran through until Sunday, May 5, and is the annual campaign run by Ocean Media, organisers of the Stationery Show London, to help spread the love for pens, pencils, rulers and more – proving that the art of handwriting is still appreciated throughout the country.

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