Iceland makes offer to Jason Manford after Tesco rejection

Iceland and Lidl have reached out to Jason Manford after Tesco rejected his job application.

Comedian Jason has been doing his part to help out during the coronavirus pandemic – by applying to help out at supermarkets.

Many supermarkets have called for more workers to help cope with increased demand, but when the northern funnyman applied at retail giant Tesco, he revealed the store hadn't taken him up on his offer.

The popular comic applied for a role at the supermarket's Alderley Road Express store in Wilmslow in Cheshire seven weeks ago after learning supermarkets needed to up their works force, reports M.E.N.

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And Jason, 43, said he 'wanted to do his bit' after his theatre show was cancelled.

Sadly, he wasn't chosen for a job and joked on Twitter that he was 'livid'.

But Tesco personally responded to Jason after his tweets caught the retailer's attention.

Now, Iceland and Lidl have got in on the act with a very generous offer.

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The Salford comic, who has spent more than a month volunteering as a driver and home schooling six children, has been offered a one day only role at the frozen food store.

And Iceland made the offer even more tempting.

A tweet from Iceland's official account said: "'Our door is always open for you.

"Help us out for the day and we’ll make a donation to the NHS in your name."

Iceland's managing director also tweeted: "Looking forward to welcoming @JasonManford to #TeamIceland," with Jason responding: "Seeya on the Ice…land."

Lidl also joined in on the action, tweeting from its official Twitter account: "Looks like it's Curtains on your @Tesco career, Jason. Time to take A Different Stage, a Lidl stage. Check our current roles here:"

The company then shared a link to its job vacancies page.

And fans have praised the star for offering his help during such difficult times.

"Always had the impression you were a kindhearted soul, well done for ferrying folks around," one tweeted.

Another said: "Well done though for offering to do your bit."