WARRINGTON Arts Council has launched a website to promote the activities of the town's many voluntary artistic, musical and heritage groups.

Chairperson Margaret Tye hopes the site will become the 'go-to place' for information on the many community-minded groups that help enhance the life of the town.

She said: "As a long-established, volunteer-run organisation ourselves, we understand how difficult it can be for not-for-profit groups to get their message across. Whether it's a drama group, dance troupe, choir, orchestra, local history society or some other arts-related organisation, we feel it's about time they got the publicity they deserve."

The website was the brainchild of the late Dr Michael Murphy who served as Warrington Arts Council's secretary for many years.

Dan Warren, the council's current secretary said: "Michael often said Warrington's voluntary arts scene was the town's best kept secret. Our new website aims to get that secret out into the open.

"Ar present the site lists around 40 organisations but we know there are many more in the town. I would therefore encourage anyone involved with a local arts of heritage group to visit the site and complete the online submission form so we can ensure they are listed."

For more information visit warringtonartscouncil.co.uk