Just before their final meeting of 2017, members of Burnley Council's executive made a visit to review the results of a major refurbishment of Burnley town centre.
They were joined by representatives from town centre businesses.
Councillor Lian Pate, executive member for community services, said: "We've been keeping a close eye on the town centre improvements as they've progressed and it's great to see them finally coming to completion.
"They show the council's commitment to boosting the local economy by bringing in more visitors and shoppers to the town. The fact the council is prepared to invest in our town centre is a vote of confidence in its future and has helped attract further investment from private companies such as Primark, who we look forward to welcoming to Burnley in 2018."
Council leader Mark Townsend added: "The town centre looks really good. It's clean and modern and we've had some really positive feedback from the public. I'd like to thank shoppers and businesses for their patience while this vital work has been going on."
Local businesses have backed the new look. Michael and Debra Kelly, who recently opened a café/bistro in St James Street, said: “As a new business in the town centre we welcome the amazing improvements that have been made. The centre looks amazing and we at Kellys Café & Bar look forward to enhancing the new feel of the town.”
Brian Hobbs, president of Burnley Chamber of Trade, said: “What with the Christmas lights and the smart new town centre, Burnley looks as brilliant as it really is.”
The town centre refurbishment, which included new paving, seats, planters, trees and other street furniture, was jointly funded by Burnley Council and Lancashire County Council.