OTLEY Lions Club has presented a local garden centre with one of the organisation's highest honours.

The club has enjoyed a close relationship with Stephen H Smith's, where it holds a fundraising Santa's Grotto each Christmas, for years.

To mark the partnership the group decided to present the business, in the Lions' Centennial year, with a Melvin Jones Fellowship.

Otley Lions' immediate Past President, Gareth Dibble, said: "The team at Smith’s have been fantastic, not only with Santa each and every year but also helping the club to support some other great local causes.

"Stephen H Smith’s have enjoyed a long relationship not only with Otley, but also Keighley, Lions clubs as both stores and clubs have worked closely over many years to make a real difference to some very worthy causes, raising thousands of pounds together.

"It was due to this ongoing support from the Smith family and the staff at the garden centre that Otley Lions Club awarded them with a Melvin Jones Fellowship, which marks outstanding service in the name of Lions and the ethics of the organisation."