ACTON Bridge celebrated 100 years of its parish room in style by welcoming an extra special guest to the party.

The room was officially opened by Sir John Brunner MP, co-founder of what became ICI, 100 years earlier, and villagers were delighted to be joined at the centenary by his great grandson, Sir Hugo Brunner, who travelled from Oxford for the occasion.

Sir Hugo brought with him the silver key which was given to Sir John in May 1909, and he presented the key to Bob Heaton, chairman of the Acton Bridge Community Association,.

“It was a delightful visit,” said Sir Hugo. “It meant a lot to me to connect with the community that meant so much to my great-grandfather.

“I am so glad that he is remembered with affection and respect in the Northwich area.”

Parish councillor Steve Pardoe said the village was honoured to welcome Sir Hugo for the special occasion.

He said: “We were delighted he could come for the day and to help us celebrate this vital community facility.

“The parish room provides a centre for the community and is a great way to bring everyone together.

“A lot of work went into this event, it was a great collaborative effort between the villagers, the community association and even the children.”

Mike Hall MP was also present at the ceremony together with parishioners and other visitors, who enjoyed an exhibition of the history of the parish room, art and photography competitions and a butterfly and caterpillar competition throughout the village.

Mr Hall said: “Acton Bridge Parish Room has been the focal centre of village life since it was opened by Sir John Brunner 100 years ago.

“I was thrilled to be asked to join in the centenary celebrations and meet Hugo Brunner, direct descendent of Sir John and other residents of Acton Bridge. Hugo brought with him the original silver key to the parish room and donated it to the parish council to keep for future generations.

“The display of photographs and paintings was a fascinating eye-opener to village life over the past century.

“My congratulations to all those involved in organising this special event.”

The exhibition was opened one of the village’s oldest resident, 96-year-old Phyllis Latham.