THE Postman, Jewellers, florists, beauticians, refuse collectors, farmers and “The Cheese man” are some familiar faces in Frodsham who have inspired a new photographic exhibition at Castle Park Arts Centre.

Frodsham photographer Rebecca Meek BA describes her home-town subjects as “Local Heroes” and she has captured them on camera busy at work in a series of striking black and white portraits, including one of her father, Gordon Meek, who runs the Cheese Shop and Deli in Church Street.

Rebecca explained that she chose to highlight them in celebration of this year's 800th anniversary of Frodsham being granted borough status in an historical charter signed by Earl of Chester, Randle Blunderville.

She said: “They all capture our imagination and represent the essence of the word 'local', so let's revel in it!”

The 24-year-old local artist completed a Fine Art degree 18 months ago and although she still paints, she is focused on making photography a career

She said: “I haven't quite got there yet, but this my very first solo exhibition and I'm very excited about it.”

The exhibition also includes large colour portraits of Rebecca and some of her close friends, along with samples of other work she produced for her degree.

The exhibition – plus Artwork inspired by Folk Music and Poetry by Patti Harrild and Philip Dobson, and Kate Herbert's Drawings – runs until February 16.

Castle Park Arts Centre is run as a charitable trust, manned and managed by volunteers aiming to promote high quality art within the local community.

Admission for all guests is free and opening times are: Monday-Saturday 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm; Sundays 2pm to 4pm.