A NEW KFC has opened its doors in Bolton, ready to serve up the Colonel's famous 11 herbs and spices.

International fast food chain KFC launched a new store in Farnworth on Monday, welcoming its first customers who were greeted outside by the friendly face of Colonel Sanders.

Planning chiefs at Bolton Council approved the plans for a new branch on land between King Street and Albert Road, in Farnworth town centre, in January. After months of construction and anticipation, staff finally turned on the fryers.

The fast food giant has created 41 new jobs for people in the surrounding area with the new branch, who are getting off to a great start with the opening celebrations.

Among the new team members is Farnworth teenager, Sebastian Thompson — a spring chicken starting his first ever job.

The 17-year-old cut the ribbon to the new restaurant.

Gemma Navin, Area Coach at KFC UK and Ireland said: “The Colonel loves the North West and we can see why – it’s a great spot and we can’t wait to welcome our local KFC fans for some famous original recipe chicken.”

On the big day, the KFC Foundation made a donation of £1,500 to the Greater Manchester Youth Network, a regional charity that helps young people learn vital skills, develop positive wellbeing and build a support network in the local community. Alex Fairweather, CEO of the charity, was there to accept the donation.

Also joining the fried-up festivities were local councillors Lisa Weatherby, Maureen Flitcroft and Paul Sanders who sampled some of KFC's world-renowned secret recipe.

The brand-new restaurant in Albert Road will be serving chicken fans seven days a week, 10.30am to 11pm, and has come complete with a drive-thru for those on the go.