SOME 150 people witnessed the opening of long-awaited B&M store in Lydney last week.

The retailer steered away from having a civic dignitary to open the large store and instead chose Louise Currie, the manager of Lydney Dial-a-Ride to undertake the honour in cutting the ribbon at the Hams Road store.

The new colleagues were asked to nominate a local charity they think truly deserves some VIP treatment for the work they do for the local community and chose the team from, Dial-a-Ride to take centre stage to officially unveil the new B&M store and benefit from £250 worth of vouchers.

Ross Parry, the Lydney store manager, said: “The team from Dial a Ride really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for local people in the community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do."