AN event to say thank you to hardworking volunteers at Whitehaven Archive is due to be held next week.

Staff working at the town's archive and local studies centre will hold the event on Friday at 2pm.

As well as seasonal refreshments, archive material related to Christmas will be on display and a a festive quiz with some spot prizes will be held.

A spokesman for the centre said: "During 2019 eleven volunteers have worked with the archive team contributing 1,400 hours.

"These hours have been undertaking support work to the sorting, indexing and cataloguing of archives and local studies material – all so useful to making material accessible so other people can use it for research, family history or simple exploration and enjoyment.

"The material tackled has included workhouse records, shipping crew lists, World War I newspaper accounts, solicitors’ collections, and local studies files.

"In undertaking this volunteer work our volunteers contribute useful skills, develop news ones and get a chance to regularly come in the work place, whether for some social contact, to develop job skills or to just generally give something back to the community."