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Upminster’s Roomes celebrates 130th anniversary with four-day event

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 19 September 2018

Roomes, Upminster - celebrating their 130th Anniversary. Store manager Kim Kimber (far right) and QVC chef Malcolm Harradine (second from right) with staff dressed up in store. Picture: Melissa Page

Roomes, Upminster - celebrating their 130th Anniversary. Store manager Kim Kimber (far right) and QVC chef Malcolm Harradine (second from right) with staff dressed up in store. Picture: Melissa Page

Melissa Page

A department store which has been at the heart of a town centre for 130 years, has been celebrating its anniversary.

Roomes, Upminster - celebrating their 130th Anniversary. Town crier Alan Myatt welcoming shoppers. Picture: Melissa PageRoomes, Upminster - celebrating their 130th Anniversary. Town crier Alan Myatt welcoming shoppers. Picture: Melissa Page

The Roomes Furniture Store and Roomes Fashion and Home Store, Station Road, Upminster, held a special four-day event last week to mark the special occasion.

Mayor of Havering, Councillor Dilip Patel, who was joined by three former mayors, launched the event and owner of Roomes Furniture Store Michael Roome spoke all about its long history.

Afterwards, they cut a cake which had been especially made for the event by students from Havering College of Further and Higher Education.

Town crier Alan Myatt announced the milestone anniversary outside of the store and Upminster majorette group Blaze gave a great performance to entertain passersby.

Roomes, Upminster - celebrating their 130th Anniversary. Left to right: Store manager Kim Kimber, Mayor Councillor Dilip Patel cutting the cake and Michael Roome, owner of Roomes Furniture Store. Picture: Melissa PageRoomes, Upminster - celebrating their 130th Anniversary. Left to right: Store manager Kim Kimber, Mayor Councillor Dilip Patel cutting the cake and Michael Roome, owner of Roomes Furniture Store. Picture: Melissa Page

From cooking demonstrations, a prosecco reception, coffee tasting and face painting, to chocolate tasting, gin tasting and music throughout the four days by DJ Emron, there was plenty to see and do to celebrate.

Staff also dressed up in Victorian costumes and party wear and an exhibition of the Upminster Camera Club’s work this year was also put on display.

Customers visiting the store could take part in the raffle where they could win a variety of prizes which helped to raise £382 for the Honeypot Children’s Charity, based in Hammersmith, which offers both respite breaks and outreach support to young carers and vulnerable children.

As well as all of the activities, Roomes launched “Designers on 1”, the new fashion concession departments including Whistles, Hobbs, Betty Barclay and Betty & Co on the first floor.

Roomes, Upminster - celebrating their 130th Anniversary. Store manager Kim Kimber saying a few words and Mayor Councillor Dilip Patel. Picture: Melissa PageRoomes, Upminster - celebrating their 130th Anniversary. Store manager Kim Kimber saying a few words and Mayor Councillor Dilip Patel. Picture: Melissa Page

Roomes Furniture Store is still owned by the Roome family while Roomes Fashion and Home Store has been owned by Morleys Stores Ltd since 2009.

Store manager Kim Kimber said: “There was a great atmosphere and energy in the store – I had so many customers saying they were thoroughly enjoying the buzz of activity.

“All in all, the event was a huge success and really brought the community together in celebration of Roomes 130 year anniversary – a fantastic achievement in the current retail climate!”

If you would like to know any more information about the store, visit roomes.co.uk

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