WORSHIPPERS have taken part in the final Mass at St Anne's Roman Catholic Church in Greenacres.

The decision to close the 140-year-old church was taken in 2017 following a review of parish structures by the Diocese of Salford in 2017.

At that time, it was agreed that three churches of Our Lady, St Michael and St Anne would join together as one parish.

St Michael's was then closed before it became apparent that the building at St Anne's needed too many repairs to remain open.

The parish later agreed to reopen St Michael's and Mass services will start this weekend.

Last Sunday at St Anne's the final mass there was led by the Bishop of Salford, the Rt Rev John Arnold, parish priest Fr Derek Woodhead and Canon Michael Cooke.

"It provided an opportunity for parishioners to celebrate the history of St Anne’s church and come together as a community in worship," Bishop Arnold said, before parishioners were welcomed into the Parish Hall for a reception to mark the occasion.

He went on: “Change can be difficult and demanding and separate people from what is familiar. But change can also create possibilities and opportunities.

"I understand that there is sadness amongst the Parishioners at St Anne’s.

"But I know that they will take their commitment and faith for this church, down the road to St Michael's and Our Lady’s, and make a stronger missionary parish. Which is what we must be creating here in our diocese.

"Sunday’s Mass has provided us with an opportunity to give thanks for all the years at St Anne’s. I would like to thank all those who have joined us and have spent time organising this evening’s celebration.”

No decision has yet been made on the future use of the building and the land.