AN appeal to create a display at a new dementia-friendly facility has received almost 200 responses.

Following a plea from Culture Warrington, 193 photographs, newspaper clippings and letters have been donated to form part of a new heritage display at the Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub, before its opening this winter.

The hub is set to be one of the region’s first dementia-friendly facilities and will provide health and wellbeing facilities for residents living in the area, which happens to be Warrington’s fastest ageing suburb.

Culture Warrington, which manage both Pyramid and Parr Hall, received a grant from Arts Council England to form the special heritage display.

Phillip Jeffs, the charity’s archives and heritage officer, said: “The items we have received paint a fantastic picture of the development of west Warrington between the 1860s and 1980s.

“Among the images and memories gathered, we have obtained a great set of colour postcards showing Dreamland, a miniature-model village built outside Mr Monks’ shop and bungalow on Liverpool Road, now gone, but fondly remembered by generations of children.

“We’ve also been able to capture memories and photographs of the Burtonwood Peace Camp from 1982 and many shops and cafes in the area, which no longer exist.

“The project has also allowed us to add new details to many of the images of west Warrington already in our collections. This was done through research in the archives and talking to people.”

Culture Warrington is calling upon further people to come forward with any memories anyone wishes to have digitally recorded as part of the collection.

Mr Jeffs added: “It doesn’t matter if they were born in 1932 or 1982, we want more people’s memories.

“Any memories are welcome, but we would love to hear about changes in the area.”

n To get involved, contact Phillip Jeffs, by writing to him at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Central Library & Museum, Cultural Quarter, Warrington, WA1 1JB or by email at