It was the moment frustrated motorists in Newcastleton had campaigned for for several years. Diggers moved in to demolish the village's former petrol station... paving the way for new community owned petrol pumps.
Locals gathered to celebrate the occasion - they claim without a petrol station in the village drivers face a ninety minute winter journey for fuel.
Rural petrol stations could claim back 5p per litre of petrol if the European Council approves plans proposed by the Government.
Paul Crone reports.
A petrol station in Cumbria could claim back up to 5p per litre in tax within a few months.
Moorland Service Station Ltd, in Kirkby-in-Furness, could benefit from a scheme by the government to bring down fuel prices in rural areas.
The proposals need approval from the European Council before they can be implemented.