A NORTH-East authority has started a new initiative to light up a town's historic landmarks.

The initiative, headed by Darlington Borough Council, will be illuminating the Town Clock, St Cuthbert's Church, the statue of Joseph Pease and planters along High Row in a bid to highlight the town's history.

Darlington Borough Council said the funding comes from its ambitious towns fund - which looks set to transform the town centre and boost the local economy.

Darlington's town clock is also set to change colour on key dates and special occasions.

Chris Mains, the towns fund programme manager, said: "We have flicked the switch and our town will now be bathed in vibrant hues, giving it a warm glow.

"The lighting is a great addition and will bring to life many of our much-loved historic landmarks in a whole new way for all to see.”

Alex Nicholson, the town centre partnership and events manager, said: "“As we get back to some sort of normal, the lights will add great value to the town, contributing towards a more attractive environment and ambience. We hope it will encourage families to visit, whilst also raising the profile of our beautiful buildings.”