THE mayor of Colchester cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Greggs store on Colchester High Street.

Helen Chuah officially declared the shop and cafe open during a ceremony yesterday evening.

Mrs Chuah said: “This is good news for the town, and also for office workers who can pop in for a sandwich or bread roll.

“It is good to see a shop being refurbished, and it is so much better than seeing a shop close on our High Street.”

Greggs took over Baker’s Oven several years ago and the re-brand is part of a wider development across the country.

Sue Pook, retail operations manager for East Anglia, said: “It is still the same great products and great value, but in a better environment.”