SKIPTON'S Street Angels will mark their sixth anniversary with a service of thanksgiving in the town's St Andrew's Church on Tuesday, April 14.

As well as celebrating six years of helping people to stay safe in the town at night, they will welcome recently trained Street Angels into the group.

Chairman Eileen Appleby said: "We are very grateful to all our unpaid volunteers who give up their time on Saturday nights so others can relax and enjoy their night out.

"We are grateful for the support of the public who often greet us with handshakes, hugs and 'high fives'.

"We could not continue this valuable service to the community without the help of our sponsors who work behind the scenes to provide finance, training and other assistance."

Street Angels Skipton is organised by Churches Together in Skipton and District and welcomes people of whatever faith or none. They work in partnership with the police and ambulance services.

Secretary Susan Broadhead said: "Over the last six years we have worked hard to build up a group of trained Street Angels who together invest about 2,500 volunteer hours every year. Our work has been recognised in winning the Craven Community Group of the Year award in 2012 and, in 2013, by The High Sheriff of North Yorkshire presenting us with a Commendation Award for services to the community."

This service of thanksgiving will take place at 7.30pm and will include a short talk by local rector, the Rev Veronica James.