Gogglebox star Sophie Sandiford has vowed to keep smiling, despite being set to lose her job at Debenhams.

The 24-year-old from Blackpool is one of the 12,000 workers at the department store chain who face losing their jobs, after the company went into liquidation on Tuesday.

However, the TV favourite was at work today with a smile on her face to welcome back shoppers as stores re-opened for the first time since lockdown began.

She shared a photograph of herself and a colleague in the foyer of her store, captioned: "We might be going but we are going with a smile #debenhams"

Sophie who works as a window dresser can be seen in a facemask with her arms in the air alongside her friend.

Fans have rallied round to support Sophie and to wish her luck for her future ventures - with several people and businesses from Blackpool showing support.

The Debenhams in Houndshill Shopping Centre, Blackpool, is among the 124 stores that will close.

Notarianni Ices ice cream shop in Blackpool said: "Best of luck to you all for the future."

hannahlouise.xoxo wrote on Instagram: "Let's make this a good Christmas. I'm a debenhams colleague too"

markhayestagram said: "Sorry to hear that, sure you and your brother will have ye're own tv show soon... ye'll be sorted"

bonbon2713: "Sorry to hear this luvvy, hope you manage to get something sorted xxx"

The news about her job, comes after she cried on Gogglebox when Boris Johnson announced a second coronavirus lockdown.

She broke down, saying it was "s*** for everyone" and told of her worries that it would cost people their jobs.

Debenhams also has stores in Preston and Blackburn which will also close after bosses started a liquidation process following JD Sports pulling out of a possible rescue deal.

The department store confirmed its administrators have “regretfully” decided to start winding down operations while continuing to seek offers “for all or parts of the business”.

Debenhams has said it will continue to trade through its UK stores and online to clear its current and contracted stocks.

Debenhams has already axed 6,500 jobs across its operation due to heavy cost-cutting after it entered administration for the second time in 12 months.

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