Welsh-based bakery Gerrards has celebrated the first anniversary of its Llangollen store, after taking over the site from the now-defunct Eccleston business.

The sixth generation family-run business took over five other stores that were due to close in Corwen, Bala, Chirk, Gresford and Wrexham. This was as a result of the retirement of David Eccleston, owner of the bakery and confectionery company, who chose to close the business last year following his departure.

The move has created around 30 new jobs at Gerrards, with the bakery firm now having 15 stores to its name across North Wales and the Wirral, and further plans to expand in the New Year.

Dirk van Rensburg, joint director of Gerrards, said: "This is another important milestone in the history of Gerrards, which dates back to 1838. It has also been wonderful having the support of local people. We have had so many letters and phone calls from locals saying how happy they are that we’ve come to Llangollen.

"The shop has been doing exceedingly well. We have fantastic staff and we have had a fantastic first year. The icing on the cake for us was reaching the finals of the Baking Industry Awards, which has given everyone a fresh impetus."

Van Rensburg was joined at the store’s anniversary celebrations by Clwyd South Labour assembly member Ken Skates and local MP Susan Elan Jones.