COMMUNITY representatives gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of a Christian centre in Darlington.

The Word of Life International Christian Centre has been based on Corporation Road for the last 12 months and celebrated its first anniversary with a day of services and special talks.

A representative from Darlington Police and the homeless charity First Stop were among those who attended the anniversary event over the weekend.

Since forming last July, the church has forged links with King’s Church to help tackle food poverty in the local area and cites fighting extremism and female genital mutilation as among its other main aims.