Retirees in Audlem have been making the most of the summer by hosting a garden party as well as paying tribute to an influential member of the community.

The party was held at Lyme Wood Grange retirement home in McKelvey Way and as part of the celebrations, a tree was planted in the development’s landscaped gardens to pay tribute to the late Derek McKelvey.

Derek was a well-known figure in the community, having been the chair of several village organisations. Additionally, he owned, and successfully ran for over 50 years, Williams of Audlem – the village's oldest established shop, on Shropshire Street, with his wife Megan.

Guests at the summer garden party had the opportunity to take a tour of the site, all whilst enjoying a glass of fizz and light refreshments.

Fiona Brooks, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone North West, said: “Derek McKelvey was a popular influence in Audlem and with the development located in McKelvey Way, we wanted to do our part in paying respect to him and keeping his legacy alive.

"Having been involved in various community projects and associations throughout his life, it was clear that Derek had a real passion for improving the local area, something we strive to do.

"We hope we can follow his lead and positively impact the community. We would like to say a huge thank you to Derek’s family and all our guests who joined us for the garden party."