Tadcaster celebrated the town and its people at a Civic Service held at the Methodist Church.
Civic Dignitaries from across the region came together to mark the occasion, which was led by the Methodist Minister, Reverend Amy Walters, who based her Sermon on the Commandment, Love Your Neighbour as Yourself.
Rev Walters was assisted by The Reverend Canon Sue Sheriff and Reverend Jackie Doyle-Brett from St Mary’s Church and by Majors Michael and Jackie Bainbridge from the Salvation Army.
Andrew Hirst, a Year 7 student at Tadcaster Grammar School and also a Scout, represented Messy Church and all the young people of the town, as he led the opening prayers.
Refreshments were served at The Bridge afterwards and a raffle was held in aid of the Mayor’s charity, Martin House Hospice, which raised the sum of £245.
“It was a celebration of the town,” said the Mayor Stephen Cobb.
“It puts the town on the map and also showcases its people and all the amazing things they contribute to the town.
“The event raised a lot of money for Martin House Hospice and was a swan song for me as Mayor of Tadcaster, the Chairman of NYCC and the Chairman of Selby District Council.
“It was also an opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to Reverend Walters, who leaves Tadcaster in August to take up her ministry in the Army and to wish her well for the future,” he said.