The Mayor of Greater Manchester, the leader of Trafford Council and other guests were all in attendance at a celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of the NHS.

The borough is the birthplace of the service after Aneurin Bevan, a Health Minister for Prime Minister Clement Attlee, opened Park Hospital 75 years ago on July 5.

On Wednesday, on the 75th anniversary of the NHS, and a stone's throw from the hospital at the sports club on Moorside Road, metro mayor Andy Burnham, local leader Tom Ross and other guests were all in attendance at a celebration to mark the occasion.

These guests included NHS workers, schoolchildren from English Martyrs and representatives from other organisations such as Trafford Veterans and Toy House.

Messenger Newspapers: Deputy Chief Medical Officer Claire Lake (left) and Metro Mayor Andy Burnham (right) with NHS

Mr Burnham said: "As we celebrate 75 years of the NHS, I want to reflect on the impact it has had on our society.

"The NHS is embedded in our history as a beacon of hope and a lifeline for millions and, as Health Secretary, I saw how cherished it is by those who use it, work in it and support it. 

"Today, we celebrate the dedication of those staff whose commitment and hard work have saved countless lives. 

"The principle of the NHS is fundamental to who we are as a country and we should all be so proud of it and the people who make it what it is – happy 75th anniversary to our NHS."

Messenger Newspapers: Andy Burnham addresses schoolchildren from English Martyrs

Cllr Ross tweeted: "We are proud Park Hospital is known as the birthplace of the NHS - Happy Birthday!"

Meanwhile more than 50 NHS workers from Greater Manchester attended a service at Westminster Abbey.

The staff selected to attend Westminster Abbey were those who had been recognised for long service to the people of the region or who had been shortlisted for awards. 

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.