A new fish and chip shop has celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the mayor.

The generous event also offered a taste of the Turkish breakfast available at the shop, being one of the few Swindon establishments to offer this meal.

The shop is owned by Halime Yata who prepares the Turkish delicacies with her husband Ramzan running the frier.

Halime said: “It was always my dream to be cooking and selling my food in my shop. This was always my dream.

“I now pray that it goes well.”

The Turkish breakfast showcased a range of dishes: jams, cheeses, fresh Turkish borek pastries, breads, with strong tea to accompany and even stronger coffee to finish.

A speciality is the baclava, which are, like everything else, prepared fresh by the owners. Sprinkled with bright green pistachios, it is sweeter than honey.

The breakfast was huge, and costs £13 for one hungry person, or £45 for a family.

Halime says that the wide range of people living in Turkey makes the food very diverse while she has also added vegetarian options to the menu.

The shop stands at 25 Victoria Road next to the established Kings Best Barbeque, and Ramzan was quick to take the premises next door to his relation’s shop as he too dreamed of having a fish and chip shop.

Ramzan has been making fish and chips for 20 years, having trained under a ‘master fryer’ in Cyprus.

The Cypriot master fryer was himself trained for 37 years, with his wisdom having now been carried to Swindon.

Inside the shop, the owners looked around at their new premises proudly with flowers adorning the tables, and a red carpet and balloons laid out for the Mayor with balloons.

The son of the owner, Musa Ongoren, previously said: “It's not just about business, it is actually about being friends at the same time.”

“I like to talk to the kids, see how they are getting on, and be friends with them because they do not really want to be kept waiting.”

A small cod is available for £7.50, while a large is a pound extra and chips are an additional two pounds.

They are open at 25 Victoria Road, SN1 3AW, from 11.30am to 11pm every day, apart from Sundays when they open from 1 to 10pm.

The ribbon was cut by Mayor Barbara Parry at 10am on April 11.