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A 15-year-old entrepreneur who used to live in Hucknall enlisted the newly-crowned Miss Mansfield to add a touch of glamour to the official launch of her vintage clothes boutique.

Beau et Vieux, which means beautiful and old, is the brainchild of Alice Ashley, who used to live on the Shortwood Estate in the town.

Miss Mansfield, Alicia Caley, was on hand to cut a ceremonial ribbon before getting down to browsing the rails.

Alice’s motivation for the venture was to create a shop that protects the environment by recycling items people throw away. It also feeds the teenager’s love of fashion.

The shop is at the Shabby Hut on the Epperstone Bypass.

Alice gained much of her experience of the retail industry while working in the Hope Charitique shop on Hucknall High Street.

Beau et Vieux has been launched with the support of Alice’s parents, Neil and Louise Ashley. Louise was one of the founders of Hope Charitique, which feeds its profits back into good causes and charities in Hucknall.

So far Beau et Vieux has proved a hit with shoppers coming from as far afield as London, Doncaster and Sheffield to visit.

OUR PHOTO shows Miss Mansfield, Alicia Caley, cutting the ribbon to officially launch Beau et Vieux alongside so-called ‘eco entrepreneur’ Alice Ashley