QUEUES stretched down Shenley Road on Saturday in anticipation of seeing a young actress open a new shop for charity Cherry Lodge Cancer Centre in Borehamwood.

Georgia Lock, who plays the central character in BBC children's television series Sadie J opened the charity shop, cutting the ribbon among a crowd of fans.

Fundraising manager Theresa Bowman said there was a queue outside waiting for the shop to open.

Mrs Bowman said: “Georgia was wonderful. We all had party poppers and when she cut the ribbon we set them off.

“My granddaughter was there and thought it was cool that nanny had got Sadie J coming to the shop. They chatted and wandered around together.”

Miss Lock signed autographs during the morning, and refreshments were served to shoppers as they browsed the stock.

The young actress also made a purchase of her own, leaving with a Jimmy Choo handbag, while her parents bought a set of Cherry Lodge Christmas cards.

Mrs Bowman added: “I have had a lovely email from Georgia’s mum saying how much she enjoyed the event.”

Mrs Bowman said the shop made sales of more than £1,000.

Cherry Lodge Cancer Centre is an independent charity that works to improve the quality of life for those living with cancer, their carers and families.