ONE of Ulverston’s oldest benches which was ‘obliterated’ has been restored as a tribute to NHS heroes.

A bench in The Gill, Ulverston has been repaired free of charge by handyman Archie Workman after it was repeatedly targeted by vandals.

Mr Workman said he wanted the bench to commemorate the ‘wonderful heroes’ in our area who worked on the frontline during the coronavirus crisis .

"Nobody has done one so this is a first for Cumbria, the North West and it is in Ulverston," he said.

Val Stangoe, chief executive officer of St Mary's Hospice, first flagged up the broken bench on social media which prompted Mr Workman to offer up his skills.

“We both agreed there is a need for nice places to sit outside as lockdown reduces," she said.

“I had suggested we use it for remembrance and they went with it being in memory of our wonderful NHS staff.”

The mayor of Ulverston, Sharon Webster, officially unveiled the bench yesterday afternoon alongside St Mary’s Hospice fundraiser Clare Paling.