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English eccentricity at its best
7:00pm Saturday 27th October 2012 in News
THE rain stopped and the sun came out as a village parade got under way to mark the start of the official opening ceremony of Our Shop and Post Office.
Villagers, led by Hugh Leach sounding his bugle, waved flags decorated by the children of Hinton St George First School and paraded around the village alongside vintage cars, riders and a pony and cart.
Andrew Norton, chairman of Hinton St George and Locality Rural Community Services Ltd, said: “It was quite spectacular – English village eccentricity at its best.”
He also thanked everyone concerned for their efforts in staging a happy and successful day.
He added: “Hinton is a ‘can do’ community and Our Shop was proof of this – if ever it was needed.”
A vintage Sunbeam car stopped to pick up Lady Peyton of Yeovil, who officially opened the shop and Revd Philip Duval gave a thought provoking and heart-felt blessing.
Shop manager Sandra Bales and her team of part-time staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure the shop looked its very best and the shelves were full of Christmas goodies.
MP David Laws, who was unable to attend the celebrations, said: “I am delighted to support this village venture. Congratulations to all the team involved and I wish you every success with this initiative which provides a much-appreciated asset for Hinton St George.”
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