GREGGS has today opened its first Drive-Thru in its birthplace of Newcastle, creating 20 jobs in the area.

The Drive-Thru, Greggs' fourth in the country, is located off the A1056 Sandy Lane, North Gosforth – just down the road from where Greggs opened its first shop.

To commemorate the opening, a vintage ‘Sausage Rolls’ was the first car to use the drive-thru on Thursday morning. The vehicle was decked in Greggs bunting and accompanied by a themed brass band.

The Northern Echo: The grand opening of Greggs' first drive-thru in the North-EastThe grand opening of Greggs' first drive-thru in the North-East

Roger Whiteside, Chief Executive of Greggs, said: “Since Greggs was founded 80 years ago, we’ve constantly evolved as a business to meet the changing needs of our customers. We know that having convenient access to quality food on the go is key, so that’s why we’re opening more stores where our customers want us to be, including more travel locations.

“We’ve experienced high demand from our existing Drive-Thru shops and we hope to replicate this successful format elsewhere across the UK.”

There is seating inside for 40 people as well as 40 seats outside.

The opening hours are 6am – 9pm Monday – Saturday, and 7am – 7pm on Sundays.

Greggs’ three other Drive-Thrus are located in Irlam (Greater Manchester), Ashby-de-la-Zouch (Derbyshire) and Blackburn (Lancashire).