It was a truly Grand occasion when a revamped shopping centre was officially launched.
For the opening ceremony was graced with the presence of two turf titans - Grand National equine heroes Hedgehunter and Ballabriggs.
The champion horses - Hedgehunter won the National in 2005 and Ballabriggs in 2011 - showcased the New Carrington Centre in Eccleston yesterday.
A plaque was formally unveiled at the opening, held in Café Manna,
A & S Holdings has acquired the centre from Northern Trust, which is owned by multi-millionaire tycoon Trevor Hemmings.
Northern Trust was established in 1962 and its current property portfolio covers around eight million sq ft of industrial/trade and office parks.
Mr Hemmings owned the two race horses when they romped to glory at Aintree.
Northern Trust’s in-house management company Whittle Jones Chartered Surveyors, manage the centre.
Sally Hardie, from A & S Holdings, who unveiled the plaque, said: “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to be involved with the local community.
“We wish every luck to the businesses in residence and thank them for supporting this project, and this area.”
The 13,000 sq ft new retail parade includes a 4,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s convenience store, along with eight shops including the post office, pharmacy and library.
The plans at the Carrington Centre also incorporate a housing scheme which is being completed by Bloor Homes and consists of 62 family homes in a range of three, four and five bedrooms, a proportion of which are affordable.
In addition, as part of the overall plans Northern Trust secured the future of the football pitch on a long term agreement with Eccleston Parish Council.