A FORMER ice-rink supervisor felt at home during her first day at her new job – as she helped keep Darlington town centre’s pavements free of snow and slush.

Sarah Chatterton helped run the temporary ice-rink which attracted thousands of visitors to the town over the Christmas period.

After its six-week run came to an end, the 27-year-old has landed a job as a town centre ranger with Distinct Darlington, the business improvement project.

Among her first tasks in her new job was to put extra salt down on footpaths in the town centre, as shoppers got to grips with the wintry weather.

Miss Chatterton, who is originally from Hull and commutes from Durham for her job in Darlington, said: “It has been a good start to my new job, we have been grafting away gritting all the pathways.

“The ice-rink went really well, it was always quite busy, especially at weekends – it was something different.”

The team of four rangers have become a familiar sight to town centre shoppers since they were introduced in October.

Dressed in their eye-catching uniforms, they offer information to visitors and work to bring more people into the town centre.

Miss Chatterton applied for the ranger job after one of the group resigned from their post.

Her appointment, via Duke Street recruitment agency Resource Management Solutions, brings the ranger team back up to its original complement of four.