Street pastors recognised

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LONG-serving street pastors have been rewarded for their services.

Charles Burns, Terry Shotter, Derek Baker, Jillian Coe, Steve Coe and Matthew Holland have all been doing the job for more than five years.

Lord Mayor Cllr Lynne Stagg presented the awards.

She said: ‘The Street Pastors are unsung heroes, they have been a friendly face for those who are lost, had a bit too much to drink or just need someone to talk to. Their dedication to promoting a peaceful and fun night out in Portsmouth is wonderful.’

There are more than 50 street pastors in the Portsmouth area and they come from 30 different churches.

Mr Burns said: ‘We are delighted to be recognised in this way.

‘We enjoy going out into the night-time areas and talking to people.’

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