Two new sculptures have been lifted into place at the tower of St John Baptist Church in Cirencester.

The sculptures had been on display inside the church in order for the public to have a close up view of them before they are lifted into place in the Tower niches.

The original statues of St John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary stood for more than 600 years, but disappeared after being removed in the 1960s due to safety concerns.

The new versions, sculpted in bronze by Rodney Munday, were put in place last week - bringing to conclusion a long-running campaign for them to be restored.

The first statue was put up last Tuesday, drawing a considerable crowd who gave a rousing cheer as it was lifted.

Verger and Town Crier John Lawrence led them in a rousing 'three cheers for St John!'