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The Salvation Army opened its latest charity shop in Burnley this week. A queue of almost 30 eager shoppers had formed yesterday as the sun shone and the doors opened to the new James Street shop.

There to cut the ribbon at 10.30am (Wednesday 6 July) were Major Alan Watters and Captain Maisie Veacock, both from The Salvation Army’s Lancashire division.

Maisie said: "I am really pleased that the new charity shop has opened in Burnley. It means that The Salvation Army has a more visible presence in the town centre."

Area manager Ann Penny was delighted with the warm welcome. She said: “The sun came out just in time and so did the lovely people of Burnley! It’s clear that support for The Salvation Army in the Burnley area is strong – it was fantastic to see so many people come along to the opening.”

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

The new team, led by shop manager Andrea Harrison, is looking for volunteers to support the day-to-day running of the charity shop.

Ann added: “I’d like to encourage anybody who’s interested in volunteering to pop in and have a chat with Andrea about what’s involved. Our volunteers make such a valuable contribution to our shops. We simply couldn’t do without their generosity. Becoming a volunteer is a great way to do something positive for yourself and for your local community, as well as an opportunity to meet new people and make friends. It can be so much fun and fulfilling.

“There is a lot you can help us with. Perhaps you have a flare for shop window dressing, maybe you have great customer service skills or even have a good eye for an antique? Whether you want to share your skills or learn new ones, no matter your experience, we provide all the training you’ll need.

“We run awards for our volunteers each year so that they get the recognition they deserve. We also offer nationally recognised qualifications that you can do while you volunteer, so it’s a great way to get ahead in your career too.

“If you think you can spare any time at all, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.”

For details about volunteering in the Burnley Salvation Army shop or to find out how you can make a donation, pop in to speak to the manager at 99 James Street in Burnley town centre (BB11 1PY) or call the team on 01282 838329.