The Salvation Army moves into Leighton

Manager Tracy Beaumont and volunteer Mike Foley
Manager Tracy Beaumont and volunteer Mike Foley

Leighton’s latest charity shop to move into the High Street was packed full of people on its first day of business yesterday.

Salvation Army Trading Company’s charity shop held an opening ceremony at their new home in Waterborne Walk’s unit eight with a blessing and ribbon cutting by Major Jenine Main to mark the special occasion.

Manager of the Waterborne Walk shop, Tracy Beaumont said: “The ceremony went really well; there were lots of hymns and prayers shared.

“It was quite emotionally actually.

“There is a very strong core in Leighton Buzzard for Salvation and we have a lot of volunteers from the town, so there’s a strong link.

“Our volunteers are marvellous. It would be very difficult to run it without them.”

The store, which employs two staff members and nine volunteers, has been criticised on social networking sites with complaints over another charity shop being opened in the town.

In response, Tracy added: “I think the stigma around charity shops is changing for the better.

“It is an affordable place to shop and people need that.”

Profits from the shop will be gift-aided to The Salvation Army for its valuable activities throughout the UK.

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