A CROWD of shoppers gathered in Hounslow High Street early last Friday as Marks and Spencer held its famous Penny Bazaar.

Hundreds queued outside the store in the cold and drizzle - some getting there at 7am - to bag a bargain.

But it was not just about grabbing Christmas gifts for only 1p - the event was also raising money for charity.

The £400 collected went to The Mulberry Centre, a cancer support unit in the grounds of West Middlesex Hospital.

Customers were each allowed up to five items from the Penny Bazaar product range, which included Christmas socks, card games, handkerchiefs, mugs, knickers and ties.

"It was a great day," said store manager Darren Jesson. "We had free food tasting sessions too and received brilliant feedback from the customers as well as raising money for a very worthwhile charity.

The Penny Bazaar - echoing the prices charged in the early days of Marks and Spencer in the 19th century - had sold out by 12.30pm.