A Church in Allerdale has been given a major funding boost by Historic England to help with the maintenance of the building.

St John's The Evangelist Church in Workington has been given over £100,000 by the group.

It is hoped that this will help to improve the building and preserve it for future generations.

Eddie Tulasiewicz, of the National Church's Trust, said: "They're getting £164,000 and its going to fund urgent repairs to the historic windows.

"Church's all across the country, like St John's, are crumbling away and they're historic buildings.

"Thanks to the generosity of the government's Cultural Recovery Fund we were only able to fund fifteen churches around England with the £2 million they were given.

"The Church has historic value and is a Grade 2 listed building so without the funding the windows will fall out and never be seen again.

"It's desperately important as this Church is on the Heritage At Risk Register which means that it has been voted as being at risk.

Funding will help bring heritage sites back to life by paying for vital repairs and major building programmes.

This is being done in an attempt to bolster local economies and support jobs across the country.

It is hoped that it will help to benefit the people of West Cumbria by opening up heritage sites.

Our area has been hit hard by the pandemic so it should a real boost for a popular site to get such a large sum of funding.

Other sites in the area that have received funding are Muncaster Castle and Carlisle Castle which are popular visitor destinations.

There are 142 sites that have been chosen across the country which will receive the grant.

Money from the Heritage Stimulus Fund will also keep our significant heritage assets in good condition and sustain the skilled craft workforce that looks after them.

Mr Tulasiewicz added: "The Church will be overjoyed and thrilled that they have been given the grant.

"We are delighted that this repair project can be carried out speedily at St John's Workington which is such an important building."