Christmas will be back in Maryport this year.

Earlier this year Maryport Town Council were told that Christmas lights hanging from the trees in the town's Memorial Gardens, were damaging them and they would have to go.

It had come to light during an inspection by Allerdale Borough Council, who own the gardens.

For several years now the town council has left its Christmas lights up permanently because of the cost of re-hanging them each year and also because they were getting damaged in storage.

Councillors expressed anger when they were told the lights had to come down. Mayor Peter Kendall said they had been up for years and no other inspections had shown problems.

Allerdale council, in a letter to the town council last week, said they had now received a report from a tree specialist who had indicated ways that the lights could remain in place.

The town council has now agreed to arrange for suitable works to be carried out to enable the lights to stay on the trees and meet the requirements of Allerdale.

The lights in the gardens are blue and were last switched on in tribute to the NHS.