CROWDS reminiscent of those seen at the first day of the Harrods sale clamoured to get a first look at the new Hospice shop in Abbots Cross.
Such was the anticipation of the eager bargain hunters to get into the shop, Mayor Billy Webb was hurried into cutting the ribbon to officially open the store - but it was all taken in good humour.
The festival atmosphere was enjoyed by all and cheerleading squad, the Valley Wildcats, added to the carnival air with an entertaining performance.
The new shop is the first of its kind in the Abbots Cross area and will be open throughout the week with every pound spent going directly to Hospice care.
Minutes after the crowds were allowed into the shop, people weighed down with goods formed a huge queue snaking around the store.
They had obviously taken onboard Mayor, alderman Billy Webb’s, advice to ‘buy, buy, buy’ prior to the opening.
The Macedon representative said: “The work of the Hospice is invaluable and I am delighted this shop has opened in the area I represent.
“I would urge everyone to visit and buy as much as they can, because the help is very much needed.”
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