WINSFORD Veterinary Surgery’s new purpose-built headquarters in High Street was officially opened by the man who started the business more than 50 years ago.

In 1962, Derek Carter moved to Townfield Crescent and started offering consultations for pet animals a couple of evenings a week – using his wash room as a consultation area and the lid of the twin tub as his table.

The practice built up and in 1967 a building was purchased at 70 High Street.

As the business has grown, the surgery has now secured a bigger base just down the road at 84-88 High Street.

On Saturday, April 5, Derek was joined by mayor, Cllr Mike Kennedy, to cut the cake at the new facility.

Cllr Kennedy said: “The mayoral dog, Cassie the Cairn terrier, is a regular. Over the last few years she has had to have a tumour removed, a cruciate ligament repaired and a dislocated knee cap pinned.

“Thanks to the Winsford Veterinary Practice and Weaver Vale Vets, Cassie, who is 11, is running around like a two-year-old.

“It was lovely to see the clients having a tour of the fantastic new state of the art premises, the coffee and cake also went down well.

“I did say I hope not to have to see them too soon, except for Cassie's booster.”