I wake up early ­at 6am and get my two children, Mason, seven, and Miles, nine, ready for the mad school run, arriving at my shop, Toycraft, at around 9.30am. It’s always manic with deliveries around that time because the road shuts at 10.30am so the drivers want to get in and out as quickly as they can.

The majority of my morning consists of deliveries and meeting various toy reps. For some, that would be the worst part of day but, for me, it’s one of the best. There’s nothing like getting a new delivery, seeing new toys arrive and being able to ‘test’ that they are working. Not many people can justify playing with toys for most of the day – luckily it’s my job.

 

A few weeks ago I spent the whole day standing in the shop window, installing our Christmas window and working with EPOCH making toys who created a Sylvanian Families themed one for us. We had trouble with the lights but they’re on now, lighting up the biggest and best of the houses and characters. I used to play with Sylvanian Families when I was younger and it’s their 30th anniversary next year so I’m thrilled to have them as part of our main display, along with a very handsome 6ft giraffe!

Lunch time comes around really quickly for me (about as quickly as it ends!). I usually grab a sandwich from Philpotts, which is just over the road from us, at around 11.30am and if I’m fancying a treat then I’ll make my way over to Roly’s Fudge Pantry, which has THE best crumbly fudge that I’ve ever tasted.

I cover the tills over the lunch period – there is usually a steady stream of customers but, with Christmas around the corner, I’ve seen so many more faces excited to grab something special.

Some days I leave Toycraft at 3:15pm, pick up the children from school and take them to either guitar or rugby but, other days, I’m in the store until closing which is 5pm. If they’re behaving, I let my kids come to the store and ‘test’ the new bikes.

Dress: We don’t have a set uniform but staff wear smart black trousers and a black top.

What is the favourite part of your job? Reading the catalogues, buying the toys and then letting myself be like a child again waiting for Christmas – only our deliveries come in all year.

Watching others find the perfect gifts for their loved ones is pretty great too – knowing you’ve made somebody’s Christmas or birthday because you have the product in stock gives you a real buzz.

What is the least favourite part of your job? Nobody likes paperwork, but I can’t complain when I get to play with the latest toys.

What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now? That’s really tricky. Eating out in posh restaurants in France. The south of France though. Maybe visiting a few vineyards while I’m there too.

How do you relax when you are not working? At the end of a long day, I get settled down on the sofa under a blanket with the boys and we watch old films together – the other night we watched Wayne’s World and next week we have plans to watch Scrooge.

What is your favourite film? The Goonies.

What is your favourite book? Sometimes I read stuff to try and educate myself but other time I will read pure fiction, ­ it depends how I am feeling. My favourite book to read to the children is A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson.

What is your favourite song? I don’t really have a favourite type of music, let alone a song. It all depends on my mood. My favourite Christmas song is I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey.

If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? Emma Thompson.

Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet? I haven’t and I’m not sure if I want it! It’ll probably be something embarrassing though.

Fact File:

●Name: Beverley Lucas

●Job: Owner of Toycraft, Watergate Street, Chester

●Born: Chester

●Lives: Frodsham

●Education: Helsby High School, Handbridge College

(now West Cheshire College)

●Family: Two children, Mason, seven, and Miles, nine

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