We live in uncertain, often-frightening times.
Thanks to political turmoil, looming environmental calamity and the spectre of terrorism, the average episode of the Six O'Clock News is now harder on one's nerves than a gallon of rocket fuel coffee.
And yet, even in these doom-laden times, there remain causes for hope - flickers of light in the darkness, events that carry the suggestion that good things, great things, continue to happen and, no matter what obstacles we face, the human race as a whole is going to be A-OK.
We are delighted to inform you that Britain has got its first drive-through Greggs.
Fans of reasonably-priced baked goods have been thrilled to learn that, on visiting Irlam Gateway Service Station in Salford, they will be able to pick up their Greggs order without leaving their car.
The drive-through bakery opened on Monday this week, and will be supplying its usual cavalcade of carb-heavy delights from 6am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm on Saturday and 8am to 6pm on Sunday.
Roger Whiteside, Chief Executive for Greggs, said: “When it comes to food on-the- go, our customers tell us that convenience is key. We’ve been working hard to take Greggs to where our customers need and want us to be including office parks, industrial estates, retail parks and travel hubs.
“A drive thru offers the ultimate convenience and seemed the logical next step for us to take. This is a first for Greggs and we are excited to trial the concept in Irlam, Manchester.”