A WEST Cumbrian village hall has been demolished nearly 90 years after it was built.

Lamplugh Village Hall was taken down between August 30 and September 2.

It was demolished to make way for a new hall, which is hoped to open in spring 2022.

Kendal Bruce, part of the Lamplugh Village Hall committee, supported the demolition.

He said: "We're building a new one. The old hall was past its sell by date by a long time, it was built in 1934.

"I hope it's very nice when it's completed. It'll fit in with the surroundings.

"The people around here deserve nought better than a good village hall.

"[It'll open around] April time, maybe."

Lamplugh Village Hall was built in 1934 as the Women's Institute Hall it has been the scene of many memorable village occasions.

These include wedding receptions, funeral teas, dances, concerts, and Burns Suppers.

It has also been the meeting place of most village organisations.

The new hall will be farther from the road, on land donated by Mr & Mrs J Martin.

The site of the old hall will be used for extra parking.

In February 2018, John Swift Homes was given the go-ahead to build 26 homes and a village hall in Lamplugh.

However, last year the construction company lodged an application with Copeland Council to remove an obligation to provide the hall.

This was because villagers opposed to the scheme rejected the need for a new village hall after the its committee secured lottery funding for a new building.