The rain held off in Retford yesterday as a crowd of shoppers gathered to welcome the new Salvation Army charity shop. The doors were officially opened at 10.30am (Thursday 16 June) by the charity’s Major Ray Mackereth at 19 Carolgate.

Major Ray performed the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, while Managing Director Trevor Caffull gave words of thanks to everyone who attended. He also praised Shop Manager Lisa Hall, volunteers Dot Burrell and Laura Fieldsend and the team of Salvation Army staff whose efforts made sure the shop was full of bargains on opening day.

Area manager Nicola Jackson commented: “I’d like to say thank you to the Retford community for the fantastic reception we received. The team did a wonderful job in getting the shop ready and it certainly paid off – the shop has been very busy.”

Handbags proved particularly popular with Retford charity shoppers. One pre-loved designer bag sold for an impressive £60.

Nicola added: “The shop has a large range of shoes and bags in stock at the moment – most of which you would think are brand new! If you’re having a clear-out, we are always very grateful for good quality donations.”

The Salvation Army shop is currently looking for volunteers. Nicola said: “We’re on the look-out for volunteers in Retford and I’d like to encourage anybody who’s interested to pop in and have a chat about what’s involved. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers – if you think you can spare any time at all, from a few hours to a few days a week, you will be helping to make a huge difference.”

The new Retford shop will play a vital role in raising money for The Salvation Army to help vulnerable people in communities across the UK.

For details about volunteering in the Retford Salvation Army shop, pop in at 19 Carolgate, Retford, DN22 6BZ or call the team on 01777 869493.

Shop: Retford