A LONG-awaited new department store has opened with help from its newly-nominated charity.
Four-year-old Oliver Taplin, a user of the Fareham-based Rainbow Centre, helped cut the ribbon for the new Debenhams along with his mother Rachel and the mayor of Fareham, councillor Trevor Cartwright.
Magdi Kovacs, head conductor for the centre, which looks after youngsters with cerebral palsy, said: ‘We’re delighted to be their first nominated charity. It really shows their dedication to local people.’
Staff at the store, in Fareham Shopping Centre, will put on various events throughout the year to help the charity.
Hundreds of shoppers came to see the store on its opening day.
Manager Andy Birt said: ‘They just keep coming in.
‘We knew it would be good, but not this good. I’m over the moon.’