NESTON’S new hi-tech audio trails have scooped an award.

The innovation was named best local project in the 52nd annual Community Pride Competition organised by Community Action Cheshire.

The audio trails can be downloaded onto an ipod and listened to as the visitor follows from each point of interest.

Developed for the Neston Market Town Initiative by local company Audio Guide Productions Ltd, visitors and locals can explore the history of Neston Town Centre, Neston Parish Church or Parkgate Parade while walking.

West Kirby couple Julie and David Dean are behind the company.

Mrs Dean said: “Neston and Parkgate have much to discover. We worked with members of the local Civic Societies who provided us with information, based on the existing town trails, and came up with a blend of narration and sound effects.

“We are thrilled the project was entered for the award and even more thrilled that it won.”

The audio trails will appeal to traditional audiences as well as to young people who love technology. They also open up the town trails to anyone who has a visual impairment or reading difficulty.

The free trails can be downloaded from the website portal, which gives access to similar tours and trails in the UK and around the world and from Neston’s Community website