KNUTSFORD Heritage Centre is toasting to 25 years at the heart of the town.

The King Street centre first opened its doors to the public in 1989 and to celebrate its quarter of a century anniversary, volunteers have created a special display charting its growth and development over the years.

The exhibition, which is housed in the centre’s gallery, will be on display until September 27.

Volunteer Mary Gracie, who co-ordinated the exhibition, said: “Knutsford Heritage Centre has been open for 25 years and yet there are still Knutsford residents who call in and admit they have not been before - they are usually surprised and delighted by what they find.

“The current exhibition charts the development of the centre from a near derelict former workshop, with photos showing the progress along the way.

“The centre is looking forward to the next 25 years and is inviting visitors to add a post-it-note to the display with ideas of what they would like to see in the future.”

Whilst putting the display together, volunteers came across several photos from the centre’s early years that are lacking identification.

As part of the exhibition, visitors are being invited to solve the mystery and identify those pictured.

One such photo is the unveiling of the May Day gate.

“We think this was 1991 but would love to know an exact date and to identify the people in the photograph,” said Mary.

“This is just one of several photos we have found in the Heritage Centre’s archives that show people and events at the centre but have no details.

“We have put these photos in an album alongside the 25th anniversary exhibition and would be delighted if anyone can call in and put names to faces.”