Vicki Michelle MBE said ‘Allo Allo’ to shoppers in Leytonstone on Saturday 31 October when she officially opened our new charity boutique.

The TV legend is a patron of Haven House and conducted the official opening for the shop on 894 Leytonstone High Road which began trading earlier this year.

Vicki entertained customers on Saturday afternoon and spoke of her fondness for Haven House before cutting a red ribbon placed over the front of the shop. The actress caused the crowd gathered outside to erupt with laughter when it became apparent that the shop’s scissors were too blunt for the ribbon.

Thankfully, a member of the public had a miniature pair of scissors attached to a penknife which Vicki used to cut the ribbon. Once the boutique was officially open shoppers went inside for Halloween cakes, flapjacks and chocolates.

Vicki Michelle MBE, patron of Haven House Children’s Hospice said: “I was delighted to open Haven House’s fabulous new boutique in Leytonstone.

“It’s a fantastic addition to the High Road and goes to show you can shop in style for a bargain whilst still supporting a brilliant cause.

“I have been a patron of the hospice for many years and what they do for life-limited children and their families in the local area is truly remarkable.”

Jane London, Haven House Retail Manager, added: “It was lovely to welcome Vicki to our new boutique. “She did an amazing job making people feel excited about the opening and we were delighted that she mingled with customers, browsed in the shop and even purchased some items.”