A CELEBRATION has been held to mark the 50th anniversary of Halton Brook housing estate in Runcorn.

Residents browsed through old pictures and enjoyed an afternoon tea with entertainment.

Children from Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School and Castle View Primary School sang.

Riverside Royals morris dancers performed.

Lorna Cotterill, Riverside community engagement officer, said: “We’re extremely pleased with how the day went and the turnout from customers and residents was tremendous.

“We had lovely weather and all the community came together to celebrate.

“Regeneration in the area has taken place over the years – flats were demolished to make way for a new look shop and community centre area.

“Two new parks have also been created along with a mixed tenure of housing.”

More than 100 celebratory Riverside mugs were handed out.

Nora Rimmer, from Halton Brook Residents Association, said: “There was a steady stream of visitors as people viewed photographs depicting the estate from 1967 onwards.

“There were lots of posters with interesting facts and figures from the 1960s which people found interesting and which induced many wonderful memories and sparked numerous conversations of times gone by.”

Halton MP Derek Twigg unveiled a commemorative plaque and a blossom tree has been planted in the centre of the estate.

The golden anniversary celebration was organised by Riverside, Four Estates and Halton Brook Residents Association.