CHURCH leaders, parishioners and schoolchildren enjoyed the eagerly-anticipated reopening of a village church following a £95,000 revamp.

St Peter’s Church in Duddon has been closed for four months as work took place to transform the inside of the building.

Improvements include a brighter and more user friendlier interior with undersoil heating and level flooring, as well as an audio visual system and equipment to record services. The pews have also been removed, enabling the church to be used for a wider range of activities by the community.

Pupils from Duddon St Peter’s Primary School designed and made biscuits for the reopening.

The church will become the venue for a new before and after school club.

The building work was carried out by Tarporley-based firm, Cartwright Pond.

St Peter’s will open on the first Saturday of very month between 11am-1pm for people to pop in and have a coffee.