A CELEBRATION to mark the fifth anniversary of a unique music project has been hailed a huge success.

A day of live music was held at The Studio in Lacey Street, Widnes on Saturday as Access All Areas, funded by the Big Lottery, reached its fifth birthday.

The Mayor of Halton, Clr Margaret Ratcliffe cut a special cake.

Project manager Louise Nulty said: “Over 100 people came and enjoyed the day.

“They were joined by the wider community of The Studio including, Greg Oldfield and Jo Jo Gleave & John Chatterton, Halton Day Care Services Samba Band, Just Chill, young carers and isolated young people, and Sound Minds,Halton Recovery Team Service Users.

“We also had a display by National Citizen Service Volunteers on the history of The Queens Hall and The Studio.

“We would like to thank all our members, volunteers and participants for their continued support, such as Warren Millar for photographing every event he can and producing fabulous images, the teams behind, Halton Rocks, Rec'd All Day and SimmFest, and our regular local music event run by Ged Verdin from Crown of Fools, Into The Void.”

Films were shown by Sean Dyas and Jordan Cookson and various other activities were organised.

Louise added: “We continue to work in partnership with Lewis Edge The Brightest Star and Just Chill and Sound Minds and we have expanded the range of events on offer through Domm Stephens Stand Up at The Studio, Comedy Nights.

“We also thank the following organisations for being based at The Studio and widening our community, Cronton College Btech Music , Split Ends Theatre Company, Heath Initiative Team and the Fresh Start group and Active Communities Enterprise with their regular Thursday night disco.”

Local charity gig Halton Rocks takes place on Saturday, April 12, at 6pm with Access All Areas members Liam McGrath and Late Night Television.