Parish council vice chairman Cyril Southerland with council member Chris Cotton.

A potentially life-saving defibrillator has been bought for the village of Brancaster.

The parish council decided to purchase one of the public access machines.

Andrew Barlow from the East of England Ambulance Trust will be holding a training session in the New Year for villagers who want to find out how to use the machine.

It has been attached to the wall on the village hall and has cost around £2,500 to purchase and install.

The parish council received a donation from a villager which was put towards the cost.

A spokesman for the parish council explained a benefactor had donated a defibrillator for Brancaster Staithe and last year, the council decided there should be one at this end of the village.

“We are a long parish on the coast. The machine has been situated close to the playing field, shop, village hall and central to the sports centre.

“We must be one of the few parishes to have two of these machines. We have got the beach and get lots of visitors,” the spokesman added.

The machines are designed for the public to use in an emergency.