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Special anniversary for Downham Market bookshop

There will be celebrations at a special book shop in Downham Market later this month.

No8 The Old Bookshop has been trading in the town for five years and, more importantly, has been helping members of the deaf community throughout that time.

The high street shop raises money for the West Norfolk Deaf Association and is also a venue for hearing support for residents in and around Downham.

Despite the difficulties of the past 18 months created by the pandemic, No8 The Old Bookshop in Downham is going from strength-to-strength and will be marking the anniversary on Saturday, October 16 with cake, live music and a treat trail for children with the first clue at the shop.

The bookshop stocks a huge range of donated books on every possible subject, along with new children’s books and a range of literary-related crafts. It raises money for the West Norfolk Deaf Association (WNDA) which helps thousands of people across the borough each year.

Sarah Cox, manager said: “We are really excited to be celebrating our fifth birthday and look forward to welcoming everyone with a piece of birthday cake.

WNDA (52000013)
WNDA (52000013)

“It has been a really tough year for both charities and retailers so we had a double whammy really.

"But we have some fantastic loyal customers and volunteers who are vital to our shop and to the charity as a whole. There will be a real air of celebration for the day and we hope everyone will join us.”

The high street shop will also be hosting a meet the author session and will offer special goodie bags for customers spending more than £20 on the day.

Donations continue to flood in and the shelves are stacked full of everything from best-selling fiction writers, to specialist cookery books, reference titles and books no longer in print.

WNDA offers hearing support at both No8 The Old Bookshop and at the Railway Road Deaf Centre in Lynn. It also works in the community, at care homes and GP services and offers a range of services from hearing aid maintenance to social groups.

The charity also provides services for young people, training for businesses and organisations on how to be Deaf Aware while the Lynn building also has a number of refurbished rooms available for hire. WNDA also offers ear wax removal services at both Downham and Lynn .

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