PICTURES: New start for Age Concern shop in Bamber Bridge after 30th anniversary milestone

After 30 years, Age Concern has moved one of its flagship shops in Bamber Bridge to new premises in order to keep up with demand.

Thursday, 15th November 2018, 10:51 am
Updated Thursday, 15th November 2018, 12:04 pm
Dignitaries and Age Concern staff open the new Bamber Bridge shop

The new shop, adjacent to Morrisons, is just yards from its original base at 143 Station Road.

Bosses say the move is for better access and parking, and the shop is larger.

Age Concern’s chief executive officer Suzanne Carr said: “Bamber Bridge town centre has shifted, they are creating a new modern town centre with free parking in the middle, a

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Dignitaries and Age Concern staff open the new Bamber Bridge shop

convenient shopping experience.

“This is an opportunity for us to move into somewhere that is modern, disability compliant and make it something that is ours from the ground up.

“ It's new beginnings and a new era for Bamber Bridge, it’s about charities thinking in modern ways, doing things a bit differently and being bold. We are excited for this shop to be opening and looking forward to what the future holds.”

Eighty-one-year-old Edith Collins has been volunteering at the shop for more than 20 years.

Inside the new Bamber Bridge shop

She said: “Age Concern when I started was cardboard boxes full of stuff. We had big dressing things that your ornaments were all on and everything else was in drawers. You just took it

out and said “50p” and they bought it.

“There were no tickets, there was no writing or anything. You just paid 50p for the article that you wanted. Now it’s progressed 100 per cent. Now we unbag them, we hang them, we steam them, we price them and then they go out into the shop nice and new.”

Volunteers are needed. Call 01772 552850 or email: [email protected]

Examining goods inside the new Age Concern shop
Mayoress Shirley Rainsbury tries on a hat at the new shop
The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble chat with Age Concern Chief Executive Suzanne Carr
Toasting the opening of the new shop