HEREFORD'S newest DIY superstore started with a splash when an Olympic diver cut the red ribbon.

Leon Taylor, who won a silver medal at the Athens Olympics, officially opened B&Q on Holmer Road last Thursday.

He also visited more natural surroundings when he gave Hunderton Primary School pupils some swimming and diving tips at Hereford Leisure Pool later in the day.

Leon is now training for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and has been supported by B&Q in his quest to bring home another medal.

Simon Gwynne, from Hereford Leisure Pool, was certainly pleased with Leon and B&Q for their support.

"It's great to have such an inspirational athlete visit us," he said. "It's exciting to think of the children's sporting potential and meeting Leon is certainly a special experience for them."

To celebrate the opening of the store, B&Q staff gave free DIY demos and held competitions for customers.