Royle Family star opens new mobility centre

W47695h12 WH OPENING OF CLEARWELL MOBILITY PIC S.G. 19.11.2012''The Opening of Clearwell Mobility Monday   Liz Smith cuts the tape
W47695h12 WH OPENING OF CLEARWELL MOBILITY PIC S.G. 19.11.2012''The Opening of Clearwell Mobility Monday Liz Smith cuts the tape
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Though she may now be in her 90s, Liz Smith proved she had plenty of spring in her step doing the honours opening the Clearwell Mobility Centre in Worthing.

Though she may now be in her 90s, Liz Smith proved she had plenty of spring in her step doing the honours opening the Clearwell Mobility Centre in Worthing.

The Royle Family actress, whose memorable nana role endeared her to an audience of millions, has been a Worthing resident for several years and was glad to do her bit in opening the new Chapel Road facility.

As its centrepiece, there was an impressive procession of mobility scooters between its former home at the Guildbourne Centre via the Montague Centre, which attracted crowds eager to gain a first look round the expanded site.

The company is totting up a charity donation, having pledged to donate £10 to St Barnabas for each person taking part in the procession.

Speaking in praise of the new store, Liz said: “It was quite a lot of fun as we had all the girls down from the place where I am in Worthing, Amelia Court, where I’ve been for the last three years.

“Since I had a stroke, I’ve not been quite so mobile and have had equipment from Clearwell before. They have been very helpful and knowledgeable,” explained the actress, who said she’s found that people have been “very nice to her” since her move to West Sussex.

Liz had found acting comparatively late in life, after being invited to star in Mike Leigh’s Bleak Moments at the age of 48.

From there she went on to a number of TV credits as varying as Lovejoy to BBC period drama Lark Rise to Candleford, not to mention her starring role as nana Royle. “I do miss doing that show as we really were a family on it, but I think I’ve earned a break now,” added Liz of her on screen experiences.

Managing director of Clearwell, Duncan Gillett, believed the relocated store would be a strong asset to its group across the county.

He said: “We are thrilled that Liz formally opened the showroom. She is a national treasure and we are proud to have her as a customer. It was a fantastic launch day and Liz was full of beans, doing a great job of cutting the ribbon. Staff had worked hard to make it look as great as it did.”