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Rocker Rick Wakeman and Dad’s Army star Ian Lavender to open new Diss Feline Care charity shop

Feline Care patron Ian Lavender, with fellow patron Rick Wakeman. ENGANL00120131112095831

Feline Care patron Ian Lavender, with fellow patron Rick Wakeman. ENGANL00120131112095831

Rick Wakeman and Ian Lavender, patrons of East Harling cat charity Feline Care, will be opening the organisation’s latest shop in Diss.

The shop will open at the former Candies shop in Market Place, Diss, on Saturday at 11am.

Wakeman, renowned keyboard player with Yes and having worked with the likes of Elton John and David Bowie, has recently returned to Norfolk from a world tour. He has been a patron of Feline Care for several years after his love of cats initially attracted him to the charity.

He introduced his friend Lavender, better known for playing Private Frank Pike in Dad’s Army, to the charity.

The 68-year-old, also known for his more recent role in Eastenders, became a patron of the charity following a visit to the charity’s rescue centre with Wakeman.

The charity was founded in 1997 and has one existing shop in Attleborough.

Feline Care recently appointed Tim Sparkle as their retail manager and he will oversee the running of the shop, which will aim to contribute considerable funds every year to help towards the running of the charity’s Roudham base.

The shop will be open from 9-5pm Monday to Saturday.

 

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