A credit union has celebrated a truly momentous achievement – the 1000th opening of its Littlemoor branch.

Volunteers who run the Littlemoor branch of Wyvern Savings and Loans came together to mark the occasion, of opening its doors to help people for the 1000th time.

Joining them were members, ex-volunteers, friends and the Deputy Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Gill Taylor and her consort Trefor Morgan.

Cllr Taylor congratulated everyone involved and was also pleased to present a certificate to volunteer Susan Downing who has completed her teller training.

Amongst the members who stayed for tea and celebratory cake was Muriel Jesse.

She said the credit union was "great" and had helped so many people.

Another member, Christine Wilkinson, said: "It’s just handy, down the road from my front door."

Pamela Burfoot, another member added: "It’s very useful for people without access to banking. If their fridge goes wrong they know they can come and borrow from Wyvern."

The Littlemoor branch of Wyvern Savings and Loans is open every Thursday and Saturday from 10am until 11am at St Francis’ Church on Merredin Close.

The union, which is run by four paid staff and more than a hundred volunteers, hosts a number of events across Dorset.

Most recently, Wyvern Savings and Loans ran a stall at the Weymouth Volunteer Fair in Weymouth Library.

Representatives were on hand to explain the challenging roles they have on offer.

Anyone in need is welcome to pop in to any of the branches or can call 01305 268444 or visit wyvernsandl.co.uk for more information.