Mr Paul Wileman (above left) received the keys to a brand new Ford Ka in Red from Manager Craig Robson at TC Harrison Ford in Burton, following a win in a joint competition hosted by the Burton Mail and sister title the Derby Telegraph.
The competition run in both publications, saw the newspapers combine to offer the TCH Ford Ka prize worth a staggering £9,000. This is the first time that a car has been given away as a prize by the papers and readers needed to collect tokens to enter. The winner was drawn from over 1,500 entries pooled across both titles and Paul was the lucky recipient of the new Ford Ka after he was selected at random.
Paul, 52 from Stapenhill, is an avid Burton Albion fan and lives with his wife, Ann, they have a 19-year-old daughter, Abigail, who is currently studying at Middlesex University. He spoke of his delight and shock at netting the top prize and welcomed the new Ka as a replacement for his older Vauxhall Corsa, which will now move on to pastures new.He said: "I couldn't believe it when I got the call to say I'd won. I've never really won anything before. I often enter Burton Mail competitions too, but this came as a real shock. When I took the call I said, 'you're kidding me', and then shouted to my wife. It's brilliant.The call came just two days after my birthday too, so it was like an extra special present."
To celebrate the win, our Horninglow Street Burton dealership invited Mr and Mrs Wileman to come and collect the keys and held a small presentation in their honor yesterday morning with journalists from the BurtonMail present. (16/02/2016).
Burton Mail Deputy Editor Julie Crouch said: "We're all thrilled for Paul and delighted to see the prize go to such a worthy winner. It is the highest number of entrants we have ever had for one of our competitions so Paul has been very lucky, but he deserves it".
TC Harrison Ford Manager Craig said: "It is really nice circumstances. He is a local chap who had never won anything before. He's a Burton Albion fan and he heard he had won just a couple of days after his birthday. We've tried to make it a real occasion for him to celebrate. It's nice to see the car going to such a deserving home".
Mr Wileman said: "I'm the only driver in the family so I will be the one that uses it. My daughter is learning at the moment but doesn't have much need for one while she's at university. I never expected to win it, I really didn't. We get the Burton Mail every day and I often enter the competitions but this one seemed too good to miss. It really is brilliant, I feel very lucky".
Congratulations again Paul, from all of us at TC Harrison Ford. We hope you will really enjoy the funky and fun new Ford Ka and we hope that we will be able to do a giveaway like this again soon! - Follow us on social media now to be the first to find out when.