People living in homes managed by DAMHA recently came together to celebrate 100 years since the properties were built.
Residents at Vesper House Cottages in Seaton Carew, near Hartlepool, marked the centenary with a street party.
Among those who attended were the descendants of Lieutenant Colonel William Thomlinson, who built the cottages in 1923 and gifted them to the “aged women” of Seaton Carew.
His great grand-daughter, Rosemary May, and his great great grand-daughters, Jules Gill and Louise Alcock, travelled all the way from Somerset to take part in the celebrations.
The family said afterwards: “The day was amazing and quite overwhelming. It was lovely to meet all the ladies that currently live there and share this special occasion.
“Everyone made us so very welcome, and we all had such an amazing day. What a wonderful thing he did and great to see and hear more stories of our family’s history.”
Gillian Lee, who organised the event, said: “It was a lovely day and having traced the relatives of Colonel William Thomlinson, it was lovely that they came to celebrate with us.”