WORLD champion gymnast Beth Tweddle went back to where it all started when she was a VIP guest at the Camm Street Gymnasium in Crewe on Sunday.
Bunbury girl Beth, 22 on Sunday, was invited to an Open Day which included the official opening of the gym's new reception area.
Beth, who won gold on the uneven bars in Denmark in October to become Britain's first ever gymnastics world champion, started out in the sport as a six-year-old at Camm Street.
At the Open Day there were stalls and face-painting activities, along with demonstrations including gymnastics, trampolining, and kung fu.
Hundreds of budding gymnasts turned out for the event, and management committee chairman Stuart Deeley was pleased with the day's success.
He said: 'Over 600 people came along, with many of those having never come before. We also had quite a few of the original gym members making an appearance.
'We were delighted to have Beth involved. The kids were really pleased to talk to her, and I think her experiences have inspired a lot of them. We thank Beth and her family for their continued support.
'The new reception offers better disabled access, new toilet facilities, and a more open, welcoming atmosphere.'
The refurbishment was courtesy of landfill communities body WREN which donated £47,000 to the project. Crewe and Nantwich Weaver Rotary Club, and Camm Street's parents' committee also made generous donations.
Future plans for the gym include a lounge area for waiting parents, and a health and fitness suite to treat sports injuries.
Stuart added: 'We would like to thank the Mayor and Mayoress, Howard and Sheila Curran and Beth for coming, those who donated so generously, and all the staff involved in a successful day.'