A NEWLY launched Chard business saw hundreds of people walk through the doors on Friday as the mayor launched an open day.

Cathy Barnett Eye Care took over Boots Opticians on Fore Street earlier this month.

Mrs Barnett, who has been working in eye care in Chard for 23 years, continue on the same premises as Boots Opticians and with the same staff.

She said: “We had hundreds of people come in to talk to us about their eye care needs on Friday, and have a beautiful cakes and drink.

“We are excited by the venture to start our new opticians, Cathy Barnett Eye Care, which enables us not to be tied by corporate decisions and policies.

“This means we are free to offer our customers an exciting new range of frames and accessories. We are committed to providing a first class service and helping patients where ever possible.”