CHAMPAGNE corks popped on Monday as Tesco's celebrated the re-opening of its fire ravaged Sandhurst store.

The first 300 customers through the doors were each given a glass of bubbly as a "welcome back" gesture by the company.

Earlier, members of the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the re-opening.

Officers from Yateley and Crowthorne fire stations, whose crews were first on the scene of the blaze on August 1, were guests of honour.

Their professionalism was praised by store manager David Campbell, who added that the re-opening was the culmination of a lot of hard work.

"We are delighted to re-open to our customers after only eight weeks," he said.

All 900 staff have returned after being redeployed to other stores during the shutdown,

Police are still investigating the cause of the early morning blaze which swept through the roof and wrecked the warehouse at the rear of the building.

During Monday's ceremony Tesco announced that it was joining forces with Ei Electronics to promote fire safety in Sandhurst.

The company is paying for a smoke alarm, made by Ei Electronics, to be provided for each child's bedroom in the area.

Exact details of the scheme are still being finalised, but a company spokeswoman said it was likely that the alarms would be handed out by fire safety officers during school visits.