THE grand opening of Pershore's newest shop took place at the weekend with a guest appearance by a TV chef.

Abbey Butchers, in the high street, owned by Ken Tallis and his daughter Natalie Tallis-Dyke, has relocated from the indoor market and although it has been open for a few weeks, the official ribbon-cutting took place on Saturday.

In charge of the scissors was Mark Stitchcombe, the 2015 winner of the BBC2 food show, Master Chef's 'The Professionals'. He also helped cut the celebratory cake.

Entertainment was provided by Reverend Andy Kelso with his Elvis tribute and there was an appearance by the Pershore Plum Queen.

After 30 years at the indoor market, the new shop, complete with brand new shop front and awning, has a large retail area selling meat and game sourced locally, wherever possible, as well as home made pies which are baked on the premises. One of these is an award-winning traditional pork pie which took top honours at last year's Droitwich Spa Food and Drink festival. A range of deli items, a new addition to the business, is also proving popular.