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British Red Cross opens first ever vintage shop in Shrewsbury

Monday 17 October
For further information
Rosie Stewart  020 7877 7938 or


  • Stylists in full vintage clothing available for fashion tips and advice

Shoppers in Shrewsbury are invited to the launch of the British Red Cross’ first ever stand-alone vintage shop this Wednesday 19 October.

Shrewsbury residents Mary Steadman and Ann Allport will officially open the shop at 11am. Both ladies have been volunteering for the Red Cross for over 25 years.

Red Cross staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly over the past week to transform the Tudor building on Shrewsbury’s Mardol Street into a vintage-inspired shoppers’ heaven, complete with historical Red Cross posters.

Local residents and fashion enthusiasts will be able to browse a wide range of hand-picked vintage and retro clothing while enjoying a tea party spread of cakes and cucumber sandwiches.

Students from Shrewsbury College of Art & Technology will also be on hand throughout the day to give expert fashion advice and help shoppers put together stylish ensembles.

Diana Goss, new business manager at the British Red Cross, says: “This shop is a unique opportunity for us to celebrate our history and move it forward. Shrewsbury seemed the obvious choice for us to open our very first vintage shop as there is a really strong market for vintage clothing here. The huge range of clothing available in this shop means that there really is something for everyone.”

Posters, cotton bags and other merchandise featuring vintage Red Cross artwork will also be available to buy.

Other stand-alone vintage Red Cross shops are planned for the UK in 2012.
To find out more about the British Red Cross vintage range and shops visit


Notes to editors
Journalists and photographers are invited to a special preview of the shop at 10am on Wednesday 19 October. Those wishing to attend should contact Rosie Stewart, fundraising communications officer at the British Red Cross, on 020 7877 7938 to reserve a place.

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.