MORE than £12,000 was handed to local groups and charities, as part of an evening of celebration in Milford Haven on Friday.

The Pride-themed event at the Pill Social Centre was organised by outgoing mayor Cllr Colin Sharp, to mark the end of his year in office.

Dressed in a rainbow bow-tie, Cllr Sharp gave thanks to all who have supported him over the last 12 months, and presented cheques to his chosen causes.

Receiving £3,000 on the night was Green Acres Animal Rescue centre, which Cllr Sharp praised for helping save countless animals in need.

The hard work of the Torch Youth Theatre group was recognised to the tune of £2,000, for its work in inspiring and supporting young people.

Christmas Together - an annual event organised by Cllr Sharp and his partner Guy Woodham, which helps combat loneliness on Christmas Day - also received £1,000 for this winter's event.

Yvonne Arnott, who has volunteered at every one of the festive parties, was also recognised with a special mayor's award.

Awards also went to Pill Social Centre volunteers Teresa Evans and Rose and Emma Picton, who were thrilled to also receive £1,000 from the mayor's fund.

Milford Haven Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets also received £500, as did Milford Haven Museum.

A donation in memory of Cllr Sharp's mother was also made to Paul Sartori.

A new sensory toy library for Pembrokeshire will receive £170 to purchase a sensory light, and £100 was donated to help new support and social group, Pembs LGBTQ Plus.

Special awards also went to businesswoman Lynne Turner, Milford Haven School head boy Thomas Carew, and Slimming World.

Thanks also went to mayor's chaplain Father Harri Williams, town clerk and secretary Moyra and Fiona Galliford, 'raffle-seller extraordinaire' Diane Woodham.

After the awards hand-out, guests enjoyed a disco, and live performance from singer Donna Marie.