A LONG-SERVING charity volunteers has welcomed new members to a friendship group.

George Nicolson has been involved with Age UK Darlington, in various guises, for almost 25 years.

He hosted a party to welcome prospective new members, at the charity’s base in Beaumont Street West on Tuesday (August 20).

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Mr Nicolson, 87, decided to hold the event in an effort to increase numbers at the already-popular club.

Club member Ann Abel said: “George is such a lovely man. He will do anything for anybody.”