The man who restored the rediscovered Thomas Hardy altarpiece to pristine condition at Windsor's All Saints Church was among the guests at its rededication on Sunday.

The altarpiece - designed by the great Victorian writer Hardy - had been hidden behind a wooden panelling since the 1920s, before being discovered by Stuart Tunstall and Don Church.

Kris Zykubek from the company Cliveden Conservation was the expert who cleaned it up. Both he and Tony Bradbury, the company's senior project manager, were among the 200 guests who watched the Bishop of Reading Right Reverend Andrew Proud rededicate it.

Reverend Ainsley Swift, Windsor's Rector, said: "It was an amazing evening that brought new life to All Saints."

Windsor's curate Reverend Kate Harrison acted as bishop's chaplain during the evening and church warden Michael Harding was presented with a long service medal. He has been a member of the choir since 1965.

The Mayor of the Royal Borough Cllr John Lenton and Mayoress Margaret Lenton also attended the service.