CUSTOMERS flocked to Southwick Square to help Sandwich in the Square celebrate its fifth anniversary.
People in the queue, which went out of the door and down the road, were kept entertained with games of pass the parcel.
Other businesses in the Square showed their support by supplying raffle prizes to help raise money for a memorial bench.
Owners Nicola Collins and her partner Phil Barker set up the shop in 2010, fulfilling their dream.
Nicola explained: “I used to help run a business in Cuckfield and when we moved to Mile Oak, we wanted a sandwich business in Southwick Square.
“When Parkins Patisserie became available, it was the perfect opportunity. We still have staff who have worked here for 30 years.”
The shop was packed for most of the day and nearly all the local businesses contributed somethingKelly Collins, staff member
Phil said it had been ‘very much like a roller coaster, with highs and lows’, as the shop was set up in a recession.
Nicola added: “It has been hard work but we have got such lovely customers. We got a lot of builders, too, so there is some good banter.”
She said the Square had a good vibe, now Southwick Square Traders Association members are working together to improve the town.
Staff member Kelly Collins said: “They deserve a pat on the back for all the hard work it takes to keep a business open. We have been here for five years with a five-year consistent five-star rating from the food hygiene agency.
“The day went amazingly well. The shop was packed for most of the day and nearly all the local businesses contributed something, so we want to thank them for that.”
Winners were drawn at The Cricketers pub last Friday evening and prizes included a television, meal for two, meat voucher and fruit basket. Businesses who contributed included The Cricketers, The Ship, Southwick Square Meats Fox’s greengrocer and Bubbles,
The raffle raised £200 towards a bench in memory of Myrna Stowell, who was a regular customer at the sandwich shop and always bought presents for the staff.
The Herald reported last week on Myrna’s early life in India and her days in Southwick, where she was always seen with her beloved dog, Barney.
Southwick Together was asked by her son, Andy Stowell, who lives in Australia to help him organise a memorial bench.
Andy said: “On my future trips to England, I shall visit Southwick and the rest garden, where Mum went every night with Barney.”