Sun makes corks pop from bottles at Whalley Wine Shop

Tom Jones at Whalley Wine Shop where they have had to install a special film on the windows to stop corks from popping.'Photo Ben Parsons
Tom Jones at Whalley Wine Shop where they have had to install a special film on the windows to stop corks from popping.'Photo Ben Parsons
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WINE corks were popping all round at one of Whalley’s best known shops!

But the owners of Whalley Wine Shop in King Street were in no mood to celebrate. For heat coming from the sun was causing some of the bottles of fine wines on display in the shop window to pop their corks.

Owner Tom Jones said: “The bottles are displayed in eight bay windows in the shopfront so we weren’t sure what to do about the problem.

‘We considered blinds and also an awning but that seemed to defeat the object of having the windows where all the wine could be displayed for passing customers to see.’’

An internet search led Mr Jones to Wigan based Arc Window Films which specialises in this type of problem. An invisible film was placed on the windows that now filters out the sunlight and keeps the wine protected.

The film is made from micro-thin laters of optical grade polyster sheeting that undergoes various processes before it is combined with specially designed adhesives that bond to the glass surface.

The film can be used to protect people from harmful UV rays and the company has used it to coat the windows of an entire house for a little girl who has a condition that means she cannot be exposed to sunlight.

Mr Jones added:”It is the ideal solution for us as it is permanent and costs hundreds of pounds rather than thousands.’’