Broadchurch Writer Cuts Ribbon At Charity Shop Opening
8:04am 8th April 2014
A local celeb has officially reopened a charity shop in Bridport after it's refurbishment.
The writer of the West Bay-filmed TV series Broadchurch, Chris Chibnall, cut the ribbon in the Cancer Research UK store in front of a crowd.
Store Manager, Pat Blake, (pictured holding the ribbon) told us how they had changed the charity shop and why: "Brightening up, refreshing, moving forward really. Charity shops are big business now, we need to compete, customers are looking for a fresh appeal."
Pat added that she was very grateful to everyone in Bridport, shoppers and volunteers who had helped the Cancer Research UK shop which is in its 26th year in the town. Overall she told us the store has raised £2.3M in that time.
Pat Blake was also chuffed Chris Chibnall had turned out to help them reopen; "Broadchurch has had such a big impact on Bridport itself with the tourist trade, which we've really benefited from here, so to have him (Chris) here supporting us is brilliant."
Chris Chibnall, who has also worked on Dr Who, explained why he felt it important to open the Bridport store, "I've been affected, my family's been affected by cancer, so it's a really important charity for me and it's a really fantastic shop on the highstreet in Bridport!"
Chris, who revealed he frequently donates to the store and can be spotted in there, was impressed with the turn out; "Everybody turned out for it and I think that's what's great, and I mean it's one of the great things about West Dorset, and Bridport in particular, everybody turns out to support these community causes."