Volunteers from Spalding Street Pastors are starting their third month in the town by putting on an extra team for tomorrow’s Pumpkin Festival.
Three teams of three street pastors will be on patrol from 8pm to ensure the event goes smoothly and allow people to enjoy a safe night out.
Since launching in July, the scheme has been enthusiastically backed by pub and nightclub managers, police, councillors and the public.
Jenny Tedbury, part of the street pastors’ management team, said: “It’s working well and the feedback we’re getting from people is encouraging.
“People have said that we’re providing a calming influence in the town at night which makes them feel safe when they’re out, so we have an extra team going out from 8pm on Friday to cover the Pumpkin Parade.”
Street pastors are backed up by a team of prayer pastors and CCTV operators based at Spalding Police Station so that police can be alerted to any trouble spots in the town centre.
Jenny said: “We’ve only had one person drop out so far which is amazing when you consider that we’re asking volunteers to be out at night from 10pm to 4am.
“It’s important for us to be out on the streets with people, so Spalding Street Pastors is here to stay.”