A VERY special birthday celebration was held in Upton-upon-Severn last weekend.

Acorns Children’s Hospice celebrated the first birthday of their charity shop within the town, at which the town's mayor,councillor Peter Webb, and his wife Rosemary attended.

The event was host to a band formed from one of the volunteer’s family members, the Cullwicks, which played as the store’s birthday cake was cut.

More than 50 people visited the shop on Saturday and the store was open for business as usual with many customers buying items.

Mayor Webb praised the staff at the shop for organising such a successful day, saying it was a “satisfying outcome for the charity who had done so well for the year”.

Having attended the opening of the store this time last year, Councillor Webb said the charity shop was a “real asset to the town with really helpful and friendly staff”.

Shop manager Sarah Langford said “We had a wonderful birthday celebration and we’d like to thank the mayor and everyone else who either visited the shop to wish us well, to buy items or to donate stock”.

Mrs Langford went on to say she was pleased with the success of their first year of trading and are looking forward to the store’s future in the town.

The birthday celebrations are continuing throughout the week with tickets on sale for the tombola still available to purchase in store.