THE official opening of a charity army surplus supplies store to raise funds for a charity marking the life of a fallen war hero has taken place.
The store is in Aveley and has been opened by supporters of the charity set up following the death in Afghanistan of Nicky Mason.
Thurrock Mayor Cllr Sue Gray cut the ribbon to open the store and local Minister Alan Field conducted a small blessing.
The event was attended by MEP and local councillor Tim Aker MEP, Cllr Robert Ray, Cllr Peter Smith and serving members of the Parachute Regiment
Nicky’s father, Dennis, said: “The day was a great success with customers coming from far afield.Everyone that joined us seemed impressed with our setup and our cause.
“Donations have been amazing and our first official trading day at the store can be described as very good
“More importantly for the charity, we have increased the awareness of the conflict that saw so many brave service personnel killed and severely injured in both body and mind
“It was very humbling for us to be greeted by so many people and we look forward to many years trading and fund raising from the ideal location right opposite Aveley’s war memorial.”
Photos courtesy of Mr P.Perrin