A TRIAL section of cobbles on a major street in one of the district's towns has been completed.

Residents of Alston reacted in horror two years ago when road resurfacing work by Cumbria County Council saw the famous cobbled road of Front Street replaced with tarmac.

In January, the council announced they would trial a section of cobbles on the street in the spring. However, the work was pushed back due to coronavirus, but has now finally been completed.

The two-metre by six-metre trial panel, by the Market Cross, is made of local Alston stone laid in two different ways, to test the strength and durability of the two options.

A spokesman for the council said: "The trial panel section of cobbles is now complete, but fencing around it and the traffic lights will remain in place until 24 Aug to allow the bonding material to cure.

"Thank you for your patience whilst we're carrying out this work."