Shop will aid Carnoustie

A NEW and very different second-hand shop will be opening on January 14 at 89 High Street, Carnoustie.

The difference is in the name: ‘For Carnoustie’. As it indicates, all profits from the shop will stay in Carnoustie and be distributed to local good causes, both individuals and groups.

The enterprise is managed by a trust which consists of 11 Carnoustie trustees. They will allocate the funds. The trust is working towards charitable status.

The shop will be managed by well-known charity workers Dave and Babs Hodgson and other volunteers. They are already collecting items for sale such as bric-a-brac, books, records, clothes, small items of furniture, etc. Items can be delivered to 6 Green Lane, or if you call 852292 they can arrange collection.

The new venture is being supported by local businesses including Ewarts, Titanic Pizza, McDougalls, Mels Pet Shop, the Fobel Shop and Wallace Veterinary surgery, which will be selling raffle tickets for the prize draw to be held on the opening day.

Local individuals and businesses have contributed 10 different prizes so far and more are being confirmed daily.

Local Angus Councillor Brian Boyd told the Guide & Gazette: “I am very pleased to hear that this great initiative is now common knowledge

“Not only does it fill an empty shop but it also means that the monies raised stays in the town. Maybe it should be labelled Carnoustie’s Common Good Fund. Most Angus burghs have one why not Carnoustie!

“I have been helping Babs in a small way for months trying to find suitable premises. Since spring time the empty High Street shops have gradually filled up so it has not been easy.” He concluded: “I have been stockpiling items for the last few months. They can stay cluttering my house till near opening day.”