THERE was a Christmas theme to the re-opening of a Meltham opticians.

Guests at the launch of Valli Opticians’ Meltham practice enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine as Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney cut the ribbon. The celebrations also coincided with Meltham village’s Christmas lights switch-on.

Throughout November, the Hampshire Opticians practices in Lockwood, Meltham and Honley have been undergoing a transformation – rebranded under the Valli Opticians name – and the premises at Huddersfield Road, Meltham, have undergone extensive refurbishment.

The Hampshire practices have been part of the Valli Group of independent opticians since 2005 when husband and wife team Moin and Rachel Valli purchased them.

Moin, who was named Young Business Person of the Year in the Examiner Business Awards 2012, said: “Along with our team, we are passionate about providing state of the art equipment to make sure our patients receive the best possible care.

“During November our Meltham practice closed for two weeks to undergo a comprehensive refurbishment programme. It re-opened on November 26 when all the Hampshire Opticians practices were renamed Valli Opticians.”

Mr McCartney said: “I met Moin at the Examiner Business Awards. I was immediately impressed by his dedication to his patients, his passion for the area and his ambitions to grow the business and continue providing top quality eye care for our local community.”

There are seven optical practices in the Valli Group portfolio, including the recently-acquired Mamtora Opticians in Hebden Bridge.