A HUGELY popular fancy dress shop is to remain open after the public were up in arms when it announced it was to close.

All Dressed Up, in High Street, Chalfont St Giles, has announced it is to stay open for at least the next six months, because residents in the area were so upset when it announced its decision to close earlier this year.

Diana Penrose, who owns the shop, had planned to retire and was facing having to close the shop because she could not find anyone to carry on running it after she left.

However, due to the popularity of the shop among residents, she has now decided to carry on with the business.

She said: "There were so many people who came along here after reading the shop was going to close who said how sorry they would be to see it close and how they wished it was staying open.

"I talked about it with my husband and we decided to extend the lease on the shop and keep it going for a bit longer.

"We have been here for seven and a half years now and we rely very much on word of mouth. That means that more and more people have only just heard about it for the first time.

"I still very much enjoy running the shop and I like giving something back to the village, so I'm pleased to have kept it open."

Since making the announcement, the shop has decided to organise a number of special Halloween activities.

On Saturday, October 31, they are organising a pinata bashing contest outside the shop, as well as fancy dress contest and pumpkin carving, all starting at 12 noon.

Mrs Penrose added: "It's a way of contributing something to the village. I hope we get a big turn out because it should be a lot of fun."