A CROWD of residents came together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their village hall in Tytherington.

A special event was held last month for the 20th anniversary of the opening of Tytherington Village Hall, in Itchington Road, where old photographs of villages were on display.

Chairman of the village hall committee, John Lewis, said: “Since this year was the 20th anniversary of the opening of the village hall it was decided to take a photograph of the current villagers, taken by Mike Tyres of Tytherington, which will be displayed in the hall with the previous photographs.

"The celebration was a great success, there were around 75 people including helpers.

"It was a sunny day and people were able to sit out on the lawn at the rear of the hall.

"We were entertained during the afternoon by the 'Mackey Tackey Band', a local band, who generously contributed their fee to the Explorers Charity - which is an organisation caring for visually impaired children and their families based at Kingswood in Bristol.

"As chairman I would like to thank the hall committee and helpers for their work in preparing the tea and making the event a great success."

After years of fundraising, the building, was converted from the old village school by volunteers from the village two decades ago.

The hall, which was officially opened for use in April 1995, had an annex added to the premises in 2008, again after a lot of fundraising events.

The conversion of the building was funded over a period of five years by social functions including race nights, quiz nights and theatrical shows as well as donations from local businesses and villagers.