There was excitement in mid Suffolk as a bargain shop opened its doors inside a former Shoe Zone. 

In March it was announced that Mind and Suffolk Mind would be collaborating to open a charity shop in Ipswich Street, Stowmarket. 

The discount shoe shop which previously filled the unit closed its doors to customers in November 2022.

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Mind opened in the town on Wednesday, May 1 as Nick Gowrley, in one of his last assignments as mayor of Stowmarket, joined to cut the ribbon officially opening the shop. 

It followed the successful opening of a similar venture in Woodbridge which saw huge queues in the town.

Kelly Law, regional manager at Mind, said: "We are so excited to welcome the people of Stowmarket to this new Mind shop and are incredibly grateful to the public for coming and supporting us on opening day.

"The excitement around this opening has been amazing and we are so looking forward to being a part of the local community.

"We urge locals to visit the shop or get in touch as there are very easy ways to get involved."