A GROUP which helps refugees in the town held its annual general meeting.

Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary was set up in June last year to help people who have fled war and persecution.

The group held its annual meeting at the Quaker Meeting House in Paddock on Saturday.

Outgoing chairman James Bar Bowen said: “This dynamic local movement is building on the long tradition in Huddersfield of welcoming, supporting and befriending people from different countries and backgrounds.”

Mayor of Kirklees Clr Eric Firth addressed the meeting.

“I am really pleased to see how support has grown so rapidly for this positive new initiative in the town,” he said.Š

“Even though Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary was only launched in June last year it already has nearly 70 supporting organisations representing a real cross section of groups.”