YOUNGSTERS at Victoria Road Primary School teamed up with Roberts Bakery to celebrate the Rudheath firm's 130th anniversary by planting trees.

Lindsay Occleston, the great-granddaughter of Roberts founder Robert Roberts, and Keith Birkett from the bakery were joined by mayor Cllr Janet Myerscough-Illidge and Cllr Brian Jamieson, from Northwich Town Council, to help the children plant the trees near Vickersway Park.

The event coincided with National Tree Week, which marks the beginning of the winter tree planting season.

"This was a lovely event for the school and a wonderful way to celebrate a huge milestone in Roberts Bakery’s history," said Cllr Myerscough-Illidge.

"Roberts has a long heritage in Northwich, so I was very pleased to come along and help to plant the trees and make a little piece of history."

In 1887, Robert Roberts baked the firm's first loaves from his Northwich corner shop.

Lindsay said: "This was a lovely way to engage with a school that we have a long connection with – many older members of the Roberts’ family, including my father and uncles, went there as children."

Sarah Ikin, deputy headteacher at Victoria Road, added: "As the children grow, it will be wonderful for them to pass the site and see the trees they planted growing too."