AN event is being organised to thank those who helped combat the recent floods in Winchester.

Members of the community, emergency services and council staff members are among those who will be thanked at a special event at the Guildhall on Friday night to mark their hard work throughout one of the wettest winters on record.

The event will be hosted by the Right Worshipful, the mayor of Winchester, Cllr Ernie Jeffs.

It will be attended by representatives of the district’s flood-hit communities, by partners, including the Environment Agency, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, the military and by Winchester City Council staff, who ran the emergency control room.

Cllr Jeffs said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to recognise and thank those who played such a major part in tackling the floods emergency in Winchester in the early months of 2014.”