Thanks for your reply.
I am aware that you can change an entry in the config to not include the <p> tags at all and have also used the striptags function to some success, but have wanted to be able to just not have <p> tags in specific content areas specifically for people to be able to add images etc.
It would be great if this had a gallery extension built in....
anyway, you mention that tags can be removed by editing database values. Do you mean to login through phpMyadmin and delete them manually?