A GROUP of hardy volunteers have helped restore an "iconic feature of Penarth's seafront".

Around 25 people braved the weather on Sunday, December 1 to help restore the Italian Gardens - which is Grade II listed by Cadw and has been in the town since the 1920s.

Anne Evans, of the Penarth Civic Society, who placed the initial call for volunteers to help out, said: "When approached by the Parks Department, we were keen to be able to help restore these gardens and delighted that so many came to join us.

"It’s made a huge difference and we intend to repeat it in the early spring.

"They have become somewhat neglected and in need of some help."

The gardens were used as part of victory celebrations at the end of World War Two and features a place from Dianna, Princess of Wales, from 1991 to mark its refurbishment.