A new champion for arts and culture in South Lakeland has been appointed.

Coun Chris Hogg is taking on a newly created portfolio for Culture, Arts and Events at South Lakeland District Council.

The Cabinet post means Coun Hogg, who was elected as the new member for Kendal Castle ward at last month’s district elections, will have responsibility for working with cultural organisations to attract investment and promote South Lakeland as a premier area for arts and events.