After battling floods and working together throughout the pandemic the people of Appleby are going to see some of the town get a facelift.

The community is going from strength to strength and have been given funding by Historic England which is helping to restore some of the town's monuments.

Hoping the hard work will help put Appleby on the tourist map and help to lift the spirits of the residents, the mayor of the town, Gareth Hayes, said: “It’s all about future proofing the architectural heritage for the next generations.

Layers and layers of modern paint over the last fifty years or so were disrupting the integrity of the pillars. Fully funded by Historic England under the guidance of Crosby Granger Architects, we’ve been able to repair and refresh these town icons in a manner close to their original look using materials of the previous era. It’s a new aesthetic, and a brave move, yet all part of the plan to revitalise the town.

“The last thing we want is to get used to tired buildings hurt by the ravages of recent floods and the unsteady mood caused by the ongoing Covid-19 events. More flowers, more cosy corners and more colour is our way of lifting the spirit of residents and making Appleby a must-visit on the Cumbria tourist map.”