AN organisation that supports arts and culture in Darlington said it was "delighted" at a decision to abandon plans to relocate a town centre library.

As it looks back over 2018, Darlington for Culture (DfC) also mentioned its Arts Festival in May, the continuing growth of its Small Grants Scheme, and the fact the volunteer service Darlington Culture Volunteers clocked up more than 6,500 volunteering hours as its highlights for the last 12 months.

Earlier this year, newly instated Darlington Borough Council leader Stephen Harker announced that the authority would revise its decision on Crown Street and pledged to keep a library service there.

New plans have now also been put forward that would see the council retaining control of Cockerton Library after the volunteer group withdrew from its role.

Jo Potter, chair of Darlington for Culture, said: "We were delighted with the council’s decision about the library service.

"We are also pleased to learn that the council has recognised the importance of the arts to our town economy and has appointed a dedicated culture team responsible for the theatres, museums, libraries and town-centre events.

"We look forward to working with the team to promote all events, and in particular the Darlington Arts Festival weekend from May 17 to 20."

Mr Potter said other successes for Darlington’s arts scene in 2018 include Darlington Hippodrome and Theatre Hullabaloo celebrating their first anniversaries providing a variety of theatre for all in the town.

He added: "This year, DfC’s Secretary Matt Roche resigned from the committee. We will miss his valuable contribution and strategic vision and we wish him well in his new endeavours.

"DfC is looking forward to another exciting and creative year in 2019 and we wish the same for all our members, supporters and volunteers."

DfC was set up late in 2010 to help protect and promote arts and culture in the town. It was established as a co-operative in Spring 2011 and members include representatives of arts and community groups.