A RAINBOW-coloured door which has brought joy to the residents of Bewdley during the pandemic will be allowed to stay until September.

The Hemmings created the tribute to Britain’s brave health workers not long after the start of lockdown - but were later told it needed to go.

They were told it was because their home is a Grade II listed property - meaning the art could not remain.

Wyre Forest District Council wrote to the family calling for the paintwork to be “rectified within 14 days”.

Kidderminster Shuttle: The Hemmings family's rainbow door in Bewdley. Photo by SWNSThe Hemmings family's rainbow door in Bewdley. Photo by SWNS

The family received huge support on social media after announcing the decision - and eventually managed to get it overturned.

The council initially gave the Hemmings until July 5 to make the changes, but the authority revised the deadline to September - a date earmarked by the family anyway.

Mum Sara said: “The council have listened to everyone and have been fantastic in allowing the rainbow to stay for longer. We were so shocked and sad someone would complain about the door when it’s been bringing so much joy.

“We had an email from the council planning officer saying: ‘We are in agreement to allow the paintwork to remain until Monday, September 7.

"'Should you feel the need to extend the deadline date nearer the time due to the pandemic then please contact me direct so that this can be discussed. I hope you and your wife find this date acceptable and to your satisfaction.’

"It’s fantastic news.”

She added that the family had received more than 500 messages of support.

Councillor Fran Oborski told the BBC the property was part of an important group of listed buildings.