LIGHTWATER residents can now get a pizza the action thanks to the opening of a new takeaway in the village.

Surrey Heath Mayor, Cllr Andree Neighbour, attended the gala opening of Papa John’s Pizza and created her own special delivery.

Staff from the Papa John’s chain and mascot Mr Pizza Slice joined the mayor as she officially announced the store open last Friday.

Throughout the day a limousine, emblazoned with the Papa John’s logo, toured the delivery area and staff handed out free slices of pizza to schools, businesses and even Camberley fire station.

The store itself, on Guildford Road in Lightwater, cooked pizzas non-stop to hand out to passers by.

Papa John’s spokesman, Steve Alexander, said: “We’re convinced that once they try it, it will lead to repeat purchases. We use fresh ingredients which delivers a better pizza.”

The American-owned pizza chain has 2,400 outlets in North America alone and in 1999, the company took over Perfect Pizza, the UK’s leading home delivery and takeaway pizza company.

With around seven stores in the Mail area, Papa John’s aims to bring the same quality to Lightwater and is already very popular since it opened on January 6.

The mayor was also pesented with a donation to her charity ‘Let’s Swim’ on behalf of Papa John’s who gave her a cheque for £252 — representing the number of miles delivery drivers covered on the first day of business.

Cllr Mrs Neighbour then prepared her own combin-ation pizza of cheese, spicy beef and olive, with the help of the trained chefs.

Before taking home her self-termed ‘Andree Special’, she said: “The donation to the charity is very kind of them and I am glad to see this pizza chain delivering to the outlying villages — they are poorly served.”