IT HAS been boarded up for two years — but the rose window at St James' Church in East Cowes has now been restored to its former glory.

The work has been carried out by craftspeople at Isle of Wight firms Wight Stonemasonry and Southern Lights, using much of the glass from the original window — installed some time between 1868 and 1871.

Churchwarden and honorary secretary of the Parochial Church Council (PCC), Rosemary Mitchell, said: "It's nice to have the window back, and to have the light back in the church.

"It looks gorgeous when the sun shines through."

When the lead around the glass was found to have disintegrated just over two years ago, the glass was removed and the window boarded up.

It has taken quite some time, and several fundraising events, to raise the £40,000 needed to replace the window.

The PCC thanked all those who had given grants or donations, including the Osborne Masonic Lodge, GKN, Delphie Lakeman Memorial Trust, Co-op Community Fund and the St James Friendship Guild, together with church bodies, residents and members of the congregation.