Barnstaple RSPCA shop opened by actor Joss Ackland

Rob McSmythurs, volunteer shop manager; actor Joss Ackland and North Devon chairman of the RSPCA, Ph

Rob McSmythurs, volunteer shop manager; actor Joss Ackland and North Devon chairman of the RSPCA, Phil Clamp officially open the shop in Joy Street. - Credit: Archant

The actor, who has appeared in more than 130 films, cut the official ribbon in Joy Street today (Monday).

A LOCAL celebrity and world-renowned actor officially opened a brand new RSCPA shop in Barnstaple this morning (Mon).

Joss Ackland, who lives near Clovelly, has appeared in more than 130 films including Lethal Weapon 2, The Hunt for Red October and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.

At the opening of the brand new shop in Joy Street, Barnstaple, Mr Ackland, 85, said the RSPCA was important charity.

“I am a cat person myself and at one point I think I had 16 of them,” he said.


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“I like that they are independent; we used to look after stray cats that would always come to us.”

The new outlet will be the fifth RSPCA shop in the area, said chairman of the North Devon RSPCA group Phil Clamp.

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“It’s nice to be back in Barnstaple,” said Mr Clamp.

“We’ve had shops in poorer trading positions previously and have been looking for a long time to get into the town centre.

“Our volunteer manager Rob McSmythurs has done a wonderful job setting up the whole shop; he’s put an awful lot of work into this.”

The RSPCA currently has seven volunteers working in the shop but is appealing for more. Anyone interested can pop into the shop in Joy Street, Barnstaple.

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