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

Dignitaries and Age Concern staff open the new Bamber Bridge shop
Dignitaries and Age Concern staff open the new Bamber Bridge shop
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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.

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

Dignitaries and Age Concern staff open the new Bamber Bridge shop

Dignitaries and Age Concern staff open the new Bamber Bridge shop

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

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.

Inside the new Bamber Bridge shop

Inside the new Bamber Bridge shop

“ 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.

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.

Examining goods inside the new Age Concern shop

Examining goods inside the new Age Concern shop

“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: help@55plus.org.uk

Mayoress Shirley Rainsbury tries on a hat at the new 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

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble chat with Age Concern Chief Executive Suzanne Carr

Toasting the opening of the new shop

Toasting the opening of the new shop