A VETERAN volunteer joined the Mayor of Stafford in opening the Children's Society's new shop in Stone yesterday.
Roy Smart, aged 77, from Birmingham, has been volunteering for the charity, which helps disadvantaged children, for the past 62 years.
Shop manager Julia Stoney said the opening of the new High Street premises went with a swing."We had a really crowded shop, with lots of people browsing and buying."
"I am really excited about the new shop and proud to be raising money for children across the country.
"It's also a great opportunity for the local community to get involved by volunteering and taking part in forthcoming events," she said.
Money raised at the shop will fund the Children's Society's work with young carers, runaways and other disadvantaged groups.
Stafford Mayor Angela Loughran is pictured with Children's Society regional retail manager Trish Baxter, left, and shop manager Julia Stoney, right.