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North East author opens hospice's bookshop

Author Celia Bryce has opened a charity's first book shop which will raise funds to keep a Newcastle hospice running.

The former nurse was on hand for the official opening of St Oswald's Hospice book shop in Gosforth's High Street.

As well as books it sells DVDs, CDs, records and retro-style new goods.

Celia was born in Jarrow and now lives in Tynemouth. Celia donated a signed copy of her new novel Anthem For Jackson Dawes, for sale in the bookshop.

The store has an easy-reach children's section as well as sections for fiction, cookery, history, military, biography, and reference.

St Oswald's needs to raise £6.5 million each year to continue its work with families in the North East.

"I was so pleased to be asked to be involved in the opening of the shop. It looks absolutely fantastic, just like a proper local book shop should.

"You can really see the effort that has been put into it. Christine and her volunteers should be very proud. I'll definitely be popping in again soon."

– Celia Bryce

"We're very excited to be opening our first dedicated bookshop on the high street. It's a great opportunity for supporters to see the huge range, and the quality, of books which are donated to our shops, from fiction and biographies to cookery and text books - and everything in between.

"The shop will also sell CDs, records, DVDs and vintage-style new goods so there's something for everyone. Buying items from our shops is a fantastic way to support a local charity."

– Andrew Moir, retail services manager for St Oswald's