The treasurer of Rishton Cricket Club has said it is 'thrilled' to receive a £1,500 cheque from Hyndburn Council to improve accessibility at the club's historic ground in Blackburn Road.

The grant came from the authority's Community Chest fund.

Club treasurer Graham Avison said: “We are thrilled to receive this grant.

“We applied for funds as we required some extra cash to help us complete the renovation of our 1891 Pavilion.

"The club have invested time and money bringing the building back to life and wanted to make it accessible to all.

"We will use this grant along with more club funds to install a disability ramp and level some of the area, to create a nice outside space for everyone to enjoy cricket.

"This will also allow for the creation of a new seating area at the front, providing additional space for socialising and enjoying the outdoors."

Rishton ward's Conservative Councillor Carole Haythornthwaite, the council's disability champion, said: “This project is a fantastic example of how community organisations can work towards creating a more inclusive environment for everyone.

"I am delighted to see the council supporting initiatives that promote equality and accessibility.”

Cllr Peter Britcliffe, acting leader of the council added, "The council is committed to supporting small community groups like Rishton Cricket Club that play a vital role in enriching the lives of local residents."