A 90-YEAR-OLD who has rented his home for nearly 60 years was the guest-ofhonour as Wulvern Housing opened its new showpiece £2.9m headquarters.
John Poole is the housing association's longest tenant.
Originally from Nantwich he first lived in a council house in Hospital Street at Nantwich until joining the RAF in 1936.
He was a Flight Sergeant during the Second World War. In 1946 he moved to a bungalow in Weston, and has lived happily ever since.
After helping to cut the ribbon to unveil the 2,500sq m HQ at Electra Way on Crewe Business Park on Thursday, he was presented with a luxury food and drink hamper which included plenty of his favourite tipple, John Smith's beer.
He said: 'I am very happy in my home and I have never had any complaints about Wulvern Housing homes or services.
'I am thrilled to be the guest-of-honour. The people I have met from Wulvern seem to like my motto which is what you can't give in money, give in kindness.'
Eighty-six Wulvern staff have now transferred to the Electra Way offices.
Chief executive Sue Lock said: 'This project is tangible evidence of Wulvern Housing's ability to deliver large scale design and build projects on time and within budget.
'The new building is an asset and underscores our commitment to being an effective and efficient organisation.'
The opening was a logistical challenge in moving staff, departments and IT support systems over a twoday period. All services were fully functional and open for business on Monday.
Wulvern, which took over more than 5,000 former Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council houses, has been based at Delamere House in Crewe for two years.
There is still a town centre office presence there and the Nantwich and Crewe West End offices continue to open as normal. All telephone numbers remain the same.
Wulvern says the new office and planned recruitment will also see its next set of regeneration initiatives begin.
Sue Lock added: 'The new headquarters is located on an environmentally-friendly business park which is a clear statement of our commitment to ethical business.
'It will help us to reach out to our communities.'