Opening ceremony for port memorial also saw Bideford 500 lower time capsule into ground.

Bideford celebrated the official opening of its revamped port memorial on Saturday morning.

The area on Kingsley Road has undergone a complete renovation and people gathered to celebrate in the sunshine.

Bideford Town Band played for the crowd, while town crier Jim Weeks made the opening proclamation.

Town clerk Heather Blackburn said: “The history of the Port Memorial was then explained, and the ribbon and bow were cut.

“The silver Galleon, which had been presented to the town council in 1928 by Sir Basil Peto when port status was re-instated, made a very rare outing and was displayed during the ceremony - albeit carefully guarded by the town’s beadles.”

Following the opening, Bideford 500 then invited guests to witness the lowering of its time capsule.

Dozens of local groups and organisations, including the North Devon Gazette, contributed items which will remain untouched for 30 years.

The regeneration of the Port Memorial Gardens was funded by The European Fisheries Fund through Northern Devon Flag, Bideford Town Council, Torridge District Council and Bideford Bridge Trust.