One of the regions most successful tenants' association has celebrated its ninth year in business.

Working closely with the Ewanrigg Local Trust, the Ewanrigg and Netherton Tenants' and Residents' Association (Entra) has become a group without borders, providing for the people on the estates it serves and anyone else in Maryport who wish to join in.

The Entra community centre has become the centre of a large part of Maryport.

With the ELT it provides trips during school holidays for children.. It exposes residents to cultural experiences not usually available to them through working with Arts Out West.

Mr Barnes congratulated the We Will Group and organisers of Hug a Mug, both due to the ELT.

The group has also provided set up a local magazine, Maryport Matters, which Entra chairman Bill Barnes called a "star attraction,."

Entra itself holds a weekly coffee and crack which sees an average of 60 people enjoying a two-course lunch and plenty of crack.

Around 20 people attend adult computer courses and the centre has also been instrumental in setting up regular bingo.

Residents are encouraged to save for an annual holiday in Blackpool and separate Christmas parties are held for adults and children, with 118 adults being served this year.

The community centre is rented out to groups most days, Mr Barnes said.

" This is all helping us to maintain our strong financial position,"

Entra has received £2000 from Mars to buy two new laptops and cover the expenses of an experienced computer instructor and £1,000 via county councillor Keith Little for new freezers.