CHAMPAGNE flowed as staff and customers celebrated a special anniversary for Rawlings opticians.
The celebrations marked the 100th anniversary of the long-established family business moving into its premises in High Street, Croydon.
Richard Rawling, the present managing director of the company, which first opened its doors in North End 119 years ago, said: "It was an absolutely fantastic occasion.
"It was good to meet so many of our customers on the day. We have been around for a very long time and we have a tremendous loyalty from people.
"People were coming in throughout the day to wish as well which was very nice."
The event also included a prize-giving ceremony to winners of a competition for children to design glasses, and the presentation of a cheque for £400 to Croydon Vision, the charity supporting the visually impaired.
Half the total was raised from a prize draw run by Rawlings.