TRIBUTE has been paid to people in South Craven and across North Yorkshire who are carers for family or friends.

Their “vital” work had helped keep the county running during the pandemic, said North Yorkshire County Council.

It voiced its thanks to coincide with Carers Rights Day.

Richard Webb, the county council’s corporate director for health and adult services, said: “It’s thought that an estimated 60,000 people across North Yorkshire are caring for loved ones at present. That’s one in ten people, so it’s likely that in our own lives we know someone in this position.

“The events of the last year have put more pressure on carers than ever before. We want to thank them for everything they continue to do.

“Along with colleagues in the NHS and health services, they are a vital part of keeping the county running.”

County Cllr Caroline Dickinson, executive member for public health, prevention and supported housing, added her thanks.