A DISABLED boy who has become one of the region’s celebrities wowed the crowds as he relaunched a market town's Specsavers store on Saturday.

Teddy Berriman, of Burnt Houses, in Teesdale is known for loving life and taking everyday obstacles in his stride despite suffering from several health issues including cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy.

The six-year-old is known for his happy outlook and has even modelled for high street retailer River Island as well as turning the Christmas lights on in Durham last year.

So when Specsavers asked Teddy to do the honours by cutting the ribbon of their new store in Bishop Auckland, he was delighted to take on the important role.

Teddy and his family have been customers of the branch for years and he dozens gathered to watch him do the honours.

The new store has been completely revamped and expanded whilst creating four new new jobs in the local community and introducing new technology to the area.

A state-of-the-art lift, quiet room and sensory toys also means a trip to the optician has bene made easier for customers like Teddy.

The relaunch included a whole host of fun activities including dancing grannies, circus performers and a DJ to get everyone in the party spirit.

Members of the Bishop Auckland Town Ambassadors also attended.

Teddy's mum, Nicola Short, said the family were always happy to help and give something back from all the support they have received.

She said: "Teddy has been really excited and we have been coming here since he first needed glasses. It's been a really nice experience for him and he's really enjoyed it."

Tim Mitchison, store director, said the team were delighted to officially relaunch the store after 12 weeks.

He said: "We now have better disabled access and the increased size makes the store more spacious - it's a more pleasant environment."

Mr Mitchison said he was pleased to be able to hire four new members of staff and would be recruiting more in the coming weeks.

He said: "We are delighted and very pleased with the finish - the feedback from customers has been great and they like the change."