A MID CHESHIRE town has won an award for helping people to understand their heritage.
Middlewich scooped the Interpret Britain and Ireland Award for its Roman Middlewich Project.
The Association of Heritage Interpretation (AHI) dedicates the awards to the very best examples of heritage interpretation - those that help people to understand and enjoy an area's cultural heritage.
The award was for the second phase of the Roman Middlewich Project, which included the Roman Festival last September, work to complete the virtual-reality film of Middlewich in Roman days and the extension of the Roman Trial.
The Roman Festival particularly impressed judges at the AHI. In their report they said: 'Overall, this was an excellent event with an obvious community spirit behind it.
'There was plenty of evidence of community and school involvement and the guidebook, interpretive panels and performances were very well-produced.
'The Ermine Street Guard was an obvious crowd-puller and maintained the interest of the younger audience.'
Middlewich town mayor Alison Roylance-White collected the award at Earl's Court in London last week, and said: 'The increased awareness of the town's heritage has led to a growing sense of community pride and, in turn, economic and social regeneration.
'AHI's recognition is an important factor in keeping the momentum going.'