They come from a variety of backgrounds and are of all ages.

But all have one thing in common - their efforts have helped save many lives.

Volunteers who have been involved with the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue unit came together to celebrate 50 years of the group, which has carried out many missions on the bleak moors around Huddersfield and in the town itself.

They have saved walkers lost on the moors in deep snow and people who have wandered away from care homes, as well as climbers stuck in deep ravines.

Now the Team has held a dinner to celebrate 50 years since its formation.

The volunteer team was founded in 1965, following a tragic incident in which two boy scouts sadly lost their lives on a challenge hike on the moors.

The dinner, held at the YMCA at Salendine Nook, was attended by members past and present, together with their families. Eight of the team’s original founding members were present.

This year is a seminal one for the team – not only is it a landmark anniversary year, but the team has also just completed the purchase of Marsden’s former fire station building, providing the first permanent base in its history.

The anniversary event featured exhibitions of photographs and scrapbooks from the team’s history, and the premiere of a new video, recently completed to document the work of the volunteers and the acquisition of the new HQ building.

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team in action

Spokesman Owen Phillips said: “It was also an opportunity for old members to reunite and reminisce, as well as newer generations to meet some of the “founding fathers” and to show how the team has evolved over the last half-century.

“Long service certificates were also presented to various current members, for landmark periods of volunteer service – ranging from 10 to 40 years”.

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team provides rescue cover for the southern half of West Yorkshire – an area of over 1,000 square kilometres.

Over 40 volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help those who get into difficulty, both in the remote upland areas of moors and crags, as well as closer to the region’s urban centres where they are frequently called upon to search for missing and vulnerable people, and to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service with difficult to access casualties.

The team responds to an average of 25-30 emergency calls a year, and is entirely funded by donations from the public.

A new mini-documentary about the team, it’s 50th anniversary and the purchase of the new HQ is available to watch online: