A POPULAR bakery has gone the extra mile to help ensure the people of Bury have vital supplies as the borough battles the coronavirus outbreak.

Harry Muffin at Bury Market performed a special delivery service, dropping off their renowned baked goods right at the doors of some of the borough's elderly and most vulnerable residents.

The initiative was sparked by Joanne Ward, after her family-run stall was contacted by the granddaughter of a customer who has visited Harry Muffin every Saturday for 10 years, but has now been told to self-isolate due to coronavirus.

Bury Times: Joanne and Greg WardJoanne and Greg Ward

Rallying her husband, family and friends ­— and even joined by a friend currently on maternity leave, eager to help with the efforts ­— Mrs Ward arranged dozens of food parcels on Saturday morning.

Her husband, Mr Greg Ward, who is a builder by trade, then piled his van high with muffins, eggs and tasty treats, and made deliveries from Ramsbottom to Whitefield.

Bury Times: Joanne Ward at Harry Muffin in Bury MarketJoanne Ward at Harry Muffin in Bury Market

Back at the market, the stall also enjoyed its busiest ever day.

Mrs Ward said: "We have never done anything like this before and it was a huge success. It was very hard work but we got all our deliveries done.

"Saturday was the busiest day we have ever had. People are worried about what is going to happen. But we do hope to stay open, because there's a huge demand for food."