Celebrations held for Rainbow’s 10 year birthday

Those present at the Rainbow shop's 10th birthday cdelebrations
Those present at the Rainbow shop's 10th birthday cdelebrations

A successful Brechin charity shop, that played a big part in the refurbishment of St Andrew’s Church hall has celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The Rainbow shop on the town’s High Street, was initially opened in 2004 to raise funds for the renovation of the kirk hall. Work on the hall was completed more than a year ago and the charity shop now donates money to organisations such as Aberlour Children’s Trust and Christian Aid as well as local charities.

Lord Dalhousie, who officially opened the shop was present at the celebrations and thanked all those past and present who have helped to make the shop such a success.

The shop was the brainchild of the Rev. Canon Sidney Fox, previous rector of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The first manager of the shop was Cheryl Birse who is credited with placing the enterprise on a firm foundation. It was stated at the celebrations that the refurbished church hall now attracts many more users and serves the community more effectively than ever before.

It was stated that Rainbow is now a place where people can call in for a chat as well as to purchase nearly new clothing, bric-a-brac, books and other household goods. It has always had a Fairtrade section and played its part in Brechin becoming a Fairtrade city. Rainbow also helps with recycling.

Current manager Shirley Crozier steps down next month and is to be succeeded by Gillian McKnight.