Broken harbourside tiles showcasing Maryport's history are being replaces as part of a mini spruce-up of the area.

Allerdale council, who has commissioned the £1,500 work, managed to track down Paul Scott of Wigton, who created the original tiles.

The distinctive blue and white tiles which depict key themes of Maryport’s rich and varied past were originally installed in 2002 and can be seen on the wall on King Street and onto Strand Street.

An Allerdale spokesman said some of the tiles had become damaged over time due to natural wear and tear and vandalism.

Local company, Stobbarts was employed to fit the 20 new tiles which show scenes of the sea, fishing in Maryport, the Roman’s presence in the town, its role during the Industrial Revolution as well as old maps. The original designs were put together by Mr Scott following a public consultation.

Mike Johnson, executive member with responsibility for corporate resources, said: “These impressive tiles really highlight Maryport’s wonderful past and they were a wonderful addition to the town. However, we recognised that some of them weren’t in their best condition and wanted to allocate some funds towards their repair."