ALTRINCHAM Court Leet celebrated its Charter Weekend in style.

The highlight, a dinner at the Cresta Court Hotel, was attended by members of the Guild of Chester Freemen, The City of Lincoln’s Freemen’s Guild, the York Guild of Freemen and the Shrewsbury Draper’s Company, and Freemen of Altrincham.

Deputy Lord Lieutenants of Greater Manchester, Susan Craig and Dr John Kennedy attended.

Master of Ceremonies was Alderman Denise Laver, President of the Guild of Freemen of Altrincham, who ensured that singer, 17-year-old Lauren Tidbury of Wellington High School received a round of applause.

The Provost, Burgess Ken Garrity, quoted Woodrow T Wilson’s words about friendship. “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together”.

He said: “Tonight we have all experienced being aboard the Altrincham ship of fellowship”

A Silver Lion Hansa went to Professor John Patrick of the Shrewsbury Drapers Company who now lived in Altrincham and Silver Lion awards were given to Don Milligan of DJM Dairies for his firm becoming plastic-free; Martin Duff of Randalls Jewellers for his kindness and service to the Community of Altrincham and to Kenneth Garrity of Kenneth Garrity Travel and Altrincham Rotary Club for helping with Father Christmas annually and service to the community of Altrincham.

The Court Leet presented a certificate confirming the purity of their ale to the proprietor of Morte Subite,in the former Altrincham Hospital mortuary.

Members sampled the Puglian wines and food at the Locanda Italian bar.

Alderman David Eastwood led a tour of Altrincham’s two town halls, explaining their history.

The Provost presented Winnie Greene of Winnie’s Handbags with a certificate marking her 40 years of service at her stall in Altrincham Market .

Events ended with a Sunday morning service at Dunham Road Unitarian Church.