SUNDERLAND AFC legend Jimmy Montgomery put his famous FA Cup-winning hands to good use again to unveil a new communal room for residents.
Jimmy was in Chester-le-Street as Cestria Community Housing completed a three-year refurbishment programme.
The ex-Sunderland stopper joined the chair of the not-for-profit social landlord, Paul Tinnion, to officially open the Edenfield communal room in West Pelton.
Mr Tinnion said: “This communal room has always been a popular facility for local residents and we are delighted that Jim Montgomery has agreed to come along to officially open it.
“Today marks a major milestone for Cestria Community Housing as this is the fifth and final communal facility that has been refurbished.
“This was one of our promises to tenants during transfer.
“I hope that the residents enjoy this fabulous community facility for many years to come.”
Jimmy, 67, who famously pulled off an amazing double save to deny Leeds United as Sunderland claimed the coveted trophy in 1973, said: “Communal rooms such as Edenfield bring communities together.
He added: “You can feel a sense of pride amongst residents and staff – there is a real buzz about the place.
“I would like to congratulate Cestria Community Housing on its final completion on what has been a major regeneration programme for them.”
A £69million investment programme to improve homes and services is currently being undertaken by the company.
The works, which have been completed by Dunelm Property Services, include an improved internal layout, a fitted kitchen, new windows and doors.
Improvements also include rewiring, a new heating system, redecoration and new furniture and fixtures.
Cestria owns and manages some 4,300 homes, employing around 140 staff.