A three-year campaign to rejuvenate a seaside church has paid dividends - and now the public can see it all for themselves.
A £220,000 restoration programme at Holy Trinity Church in Seaton Carew has been completed.
Church officials said the work was so badly needed, the building was on the “at risk” register with English Heritage - with fears that part of it could even collapse.
But now, with the support of organisations including the Heritage Lottery Fund, it is back to its best.
The Reverend Captain Paul Allinson said: “It is the heartbeat of the community and it is great that people have committed to it.”
Parishioners raised the money needed after three years of hard work through its On A Wing and a Prayer appeal.
It is the heartbeat of the community and it is great that people have committed to it.Reverend Captain Paul Allinson of Holy Trinity Church, Seaton Carew
But all of the restoration work has now been done and includes stonework, security and lighting, disabled toilets, storage units, and work on the parish centre.
The church is now opening its doors to the public on Saturdays in June, July and August from 2pm to 4pm, and Sundays all year round from noon to 2pm.
Church warden Julie Hamilton said: “We lived with how the church was for such a long time and if you look at it now, it is gorgeous.”
Church member Julie Cordiner, one of the appeal organisers, said: “To see it now in all its glory, is fantastic. It has been such a boost.”