CHARACTERS came alive and posed as a comic book store celebrated its reopening.
Braintree’s Blast Music and Comics reopened on Saturday and marked it with a day of celebration not only for them, but for other small independent businesses on the fountain end of the High Street.
Synergy Cosplay, Spidey-Hire, and Blast Music and Comics have all teamed up and dressed up as their favorite characters.
Blast Comics director Charlie Kayley said, “Kids and adults alike took pictures with the characters all day and interacted with their heroes.
“We were able to take photos at various independent businesses throughout the day to promote them as well.
“What was great to see was the support from the community because so many people came out to support us and there were lots of kids dressed up as their favorite characters to join in as well.
“The number of parents and children we met with ASD or other needs was amazing and seeing the smiles on their faces meeting their heroes was wonderful.
“All the guys interacted so well with these kids, and Synergy and Spidey-Hire have to be given credit because they were absolutely amazing.”
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As well as the characters coming to life, the event was held to raise money for Autism Anglia and to promote the other High Street and Sandpit Lane businesses.
The store also hopes to hold similar events in the future and thanked the community for their support.
Charlie added: “We have raised just under £400 for Autism Anglia with the help of Baby Bakes and Shake Express in creating our raffle basket which will go a long way to helping a small local charity.
“This event has been so well supported and with Fountain End and Sandpit Lane having a good working relationship with Braintree Council, we are working to run more similar events, hopefully in the summer and around Christmas.
“A huge thank you to the community who have really stepped up to support our businesses as well as Autism Anglia.
“Baby Bakes had a sold out day, Shake Express queued all day and Blast Music and Comics were greeted at Fountain End with a bang.”