Staff and customers celebrate Welwyn Garden City charity shop's 40th anniversary

Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield cllr Lynne Sparks with Welwyn Garden City Oxfam shop volunteers past and present celebrating the shop's 40th anniversary. Picture: Danny Loo

Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield cllr Lynne Sparks with Welwyn Garden City Oxfam shop volunteers past and present celebrating the shop's 40th anniversary. Picture: Danny Loo

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Staff from a Welwyn Garden City charity shop were joined by the mayor and customers to celebrate 40 years of the store being open in the town.

Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield cllr Lynne Sparks with Welwyn Garden City Oxfam shop volunteers past and present celebrating the shop's 40th anniversary. Picture: Danny LooMayor of Welwyn Hatfield cllr Lynne Sparks with Welwyn Garden City Oxfam shop volunteers past and present celebrating the shop's 40th anniversary. Picture: Danny Loo

Oxfam opened in Fretherne Road in September 1977 and is believed to be the only store in the town that has remained in the exact same location for four decades.

On Saturday, staff, including Ann Meers and Gill Pinfold, who were there when the shop first opened, celebrated the 40th anniversary with customers and Welwyn Hatfield mayor Lynne Sparks.

The store now has eight more volunteers who have given their time for over 15 years and many more who have donated their time when they could.

In store, there were photographs of staff and friends, who have over the years helped the store raise approximately £2,000,000 to fund the life-changing work around the world.

Cakes to celebrate the Welwyn Garden City Oxfam shop's 40th anniversary. Picture: Danny LooCakes to celebrate the Welwyn Garden City Oxfam shop's 40th anniversary. Picture: Danny Loo

There was also a display outside the shop showcasing Oxfam’s emergency response work, detailing where, how and why they respond to emergencies like famine, war and earthquakes.

Volunteers celebrate the Welwyn Garden City Oxfam shop's 40th anniversary. Picture: Danny LooVolunteers celebrate the Welwyn Garden City Oxfam shop's 40th anniversary. Picture: Danny Loo

A cake to celebrate the Welwyn Garden City Oxfam shop's 40th anniversary. Picture: Danny LooA cake to celebrate the Welwyn Garden City Oxfam shop's 40th anniversary. Picture: Danny Loo

Visitors look at a display with pictures spanning the 40 years of the Oxfam shop in the town centre. Picture: Danny LooVisitors look at a display with pictures spanning the 40 years of the Oxfam shop in the town centre. Picture: Danny Loo

A display with pictures spanning the 40 years of the Oxfam shop in the town centre. Picture: Danny LooA display with pictures spanning the 40 years of the Oxfam shop in the town centre. Picture: Danny Loo

Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield cllr Lynne Sparks with Gill Pinfold and Ann Meers who have been Oxfam shop volunteers since the shop opened in Welwyn Garden City 40 years ago. Picture: Danny LooMayor of Welwyn Hatfield cllr Lynne Sparks with Gill Pinfold and Ann Meers who have been Oxfam shop volunteers since the shop opened in Welwyn Garden City 40 years ago. Picture: Danny Loo

Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield cllr Lynne Sparks with Gill Pinfold and Ann Meers who have been Oxfam shop volunteers since the shop opened in Welwyn Garden City 40 years ago. Picture: Danny LooMayor of Welwyn Hatfield cllr Lynne Sparks with Gill Pinfold and Ann Meers who have been Oxfam shop volunteers since the shop opened in Welwyn Garden City 40 years ago. Picture: Danny Loo

Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield cllr Lynne Sparks with some of the original Oxfam shop volunteers on the 40th anniversary of the shop in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Danny LooMayor of Welwyn Hatfield cllr Lynne Sparks with some of the original Oxfam shop volunteers on the 40th anniversary of the shop in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Danny Loo

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