Leicester's historic Town Hall is to undergo a £240,000 restoration.
Work will be carried out on the exterior of the 130-year-old building which is showing the effects of damage from salt, rain and frost.
The project, which will focus on the Bishop Street and Bowling Green Street faces of the building, is expected to finish in August.
People gathered at a statue of Thomas Cook
Scaffolding is being put up at the site. Further work is planned on it's clock tower and Town Hall Square.
The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Gary Hunt, said: "Leicester's Town Hall has a long civic history and is beginning to show its age in areas.
"These repairs will give the Town Hall a well-earned cosmetic lift and bring its exterior up the standard we should expect for a building of such local importance."
Courtesy: BBC News