A SOUTH Tyneside charity shop has celebrated its anniversary with the Mayor.
The Marie Curie Cancer Care shop in Prince Edward Road, South Shields, marked its 17th year in business last week.
As part of the celebrations, volunteers Dixie Lee and Shirley May were each presented with awards for 10 years of service by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Eileen Leask, and Mayoress, Coun Olive Punchion.
Staff and volunteers at the shop invited customers to celebrate with them, and sold special party and Christmas goods to mark the occasion.
Assistant manager Louise Nicholson said: “Our anniversaries are always a fantastic day, and lots of our customers and local people look forward to it every year and come along to join us. It always turns into a bit of a Christmas party, and we have such a great time every year.
“It was lovely to see Dixie and Shirley presented with their awards by the Mayor and Mayoress. It’s fantastic that they’ve stuck with us for so long.”
Dixie, of Marsden, South Shields, said: “Being presented the award was very satisfying.
“I started volunteering at the shop because I wanted to do something to help Marie Curie Cancer Care, and I thought helping out in the shop would be a fun way to do it.
“I have a lot of fun volunteering and I get to meet lots of different people.”
Marie Curie Cancer Care provides end of life care to terminally-ill patients in their own homes and hospices.