As punters let their hair down in town, a group of guardian angels is on hand for those who might stumble into trouble.
Street Angels are a team of Christian volunteers who choose to head to Watford town centre every Saturday night to look after people in need.
From providing a listening ear, to re-uniting friends who have become separated, or being a first point of contact for someone who needs urgent medical help - the team of are there no matter what.
David Scourfield, 51, from Bushey Mill Crescent in Watford, has been the team leader at Street Angels for seven years. He said: “We are a Christian team. We don’t preach to people, we show our faith through what we do.
"The doormen and women do a brilliant job, but we offer a softer side."
Street Angels is a project that has been running for 13 years by Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy. The team work closely with the emergency services and are often the first on the scene of an incident.
There are currently 10 Street Angel members who offer their time to help care for people on a night out.
The team start their shift every Saturday at 12pm and leave the town centre at 4am. The team provide reassurance to parents that their youngsters will be looked after.
Mr Scourfield said: “We give comfort, compassion and Christ, and provide it to anyone of any faith – we aren’t
The team were there the night that Bradley Cresswell died in The Parade with serious head injuries. Sadly, they had left the town centre before the incident happened.
Mr Scourfield said: “We often talk with people who are suffering from suicidal thoughts. You wonder what might happen if we weren’t there.
“People are struggling to cope with the stresses and strains of the life and some just turn to us and say they want to kill themselves.”
Despite seeing drunken antics on a weekly basis, Mr Scourfield believes that people are now more sensible when it comes to drink.
He said: “The clubs are keeping more of an eye on clubbers now. It’s calmer than it once was, but we still have work to do.”
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