A charity shop in Bridport which raises money to support people with learning difficulties has reopened its doors – but will be bidding a fond farewell to one of its longest standing volunteers.

West Dorset Mencap was forced to close its doors as part of the nationwide lockdown amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteers said they were delighted to finally now welcome back customers to the store, but will waving goodbye to Nick Thornton, who is retiring after serving at the shop for more than 20 years.

Nick, who is celebrating his 60th birthday today (August 13), has worked alongside shop managers to assist with the day-to-ay running of the store, sorting donations and putting them on display, and has rarely missed a day since he started.

Mencap spokeswoman, Lucy Hart, said: “Nick’s cheerful character will be so missed and his ability to keep everything running smoothly.

“We wish Nick a very happy 60th birthday and all the best in his retirement and thank him so very much for his loyal service. “

The shop will be open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am and 2pm.

All profits generated by shop sales are used to support people with a learning difficulty who live in the area.