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No, you don’t need your eyes testing – Mickey Mouse really is in an opticians in Barkingside High Street.

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Staff at the Boots store held a carnival day on Saturday which included a band on stilts, a larger-than-life version of the Disney character and popcorn for customers.

The store, which traded under the Dollond & Aitchison franchise for more than 15 years, merged with Boots in November.

Owner Sonia Sondh explained: “It’s still the same place, it’s the same team.

“There are customers who have been coming for years who might think we’ve disappeared but we haven’t, they’re still getting looked after.”

A raffle, which raised money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, included prizes donated by other High Street businesses such as Cake & Bakes and The Spa in Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre.

Sonia added: “It was a really good day and considering the weather, it didn’t stop anything. The band on stilts brought the road to a standstill.”

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