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Community / Sharon’s swapshop raises over £5,000

Shoppers flocked to the Aith Hall on Sunday. Photos: Wendy Inkster

OVER £5,000 has been raised for a range of charities thanks to the annual Sharon’s Swapshop, which saw hundreds of folk flock to Aith to grab a bargain.

Organiser Sharon Deyell said there was a “massive queue” outside the Aith Hall before it opened at midday on Sunday, with more people than ever attending the event.

Sharon (left) and her grand nephew Archie cutting the ribbon.

So far the charities set to benefit are Shetland Women’s Aid, Sands Shetland, Peerie Makkers, Christian Aid and Link Up Shetland, with more still to be confirmed.

The popular event sees people donate clothes and accessories, and in return for a donation folk can take home a “whole new wardrobe”.

Teas and homebakes were available for those needing a refreshment break from rummaging through the racks.

“I think now folk are coming to make a day out at it – far more families coming along and way more men coming along too,” Sharon said.

Left to right: Sharon, Magnie Robertson and Kay Fraser.

“We opened at 12pm and it took about 15 mins for the queue of folk to get in the hall. I don’t think we could have got anymore in at that time – absolutely amazing.”

She also paid tribute to the many helpers and volunteers who helped the swapshop run smoothly.

This year it was up to Sharon’s four and a half month old grand nephew Archie Mainland to cut the ribbon and open the event.