THE long-awaited opening of The Range saw a queue of people eager to look inside.

The new chain, which sells home, garden and leisure items, was officially opened today by mayor of Basildon, councillor David Harrison and the deputy mayor of Basildon, councillor Stephen Ward.

Chris Dawson, owner of the chain, said: “It was brilliant to have such a big crowd turn up to celebrate the opening this morning.

"We are sure that the new store will help to drive footfall in the centre of Pitsea and would like to invite the local community down to explore the fantastic products on offer.

"The council have been really helpful in the run up to this opening and I would like to personally thank them for their ongoing support.”