VISITORS to an historic church have passed through its doors for the first time in nearly two years.

St Mary’s Parish Church was forced to shut to visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, with restrictions now easing, members of the Haddington church were able to welcome people back for its annual open season.

A spokeswoman for the church said: “The team had to move swiftly once Covid regulations were relaxed to allow us to be ready on time.

“It was a very new experience after last shutting our doors on September 30, 2019.

“There have been several changes. Entry and exit is now via the north door. The two welcomers are based at the crossing, making it easier for those with a disability to enter and for the welcomers to see who is entering. Hand sanitiser and contact lists are at the ready.”

Pamphlets and leaflets have also been removed as “an interesting, informative trail” around the church has been created. The church is also one of the venues playing host to the Lammermuir Festival, which comes to a close on Monday.

The spokeswoman added: “Visitors are then welcomed back from September 21 until October 1.

“The East Lothian Doors Open Weekend falls on September 25-26.

“Please see the St Mary’s website for up to date information and also that of the Cockburn Trust.”