Hywel Williams, MP for Arfon, has praised Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team in the Houses of Parliament as they celebrate their 50th anniversary this weekend.

Mr Williams will also join the volunteers and supporters of the rescue team at a special celebration at the Victoria Hotel, Llanberis on Saturday.

The Plaid Cymru MP has worked closely with the local mountain rescue team over many years, predominantly with securing better mobile phone coverage in the areas where the team operate.

Hywel Williams MP said: “As Llanberis Mountain Rescue celebrate half a century of lifesaving in the mountains of Eryri, I’d like to put on record my gratitude to all those who have volunteered with the organisation over the years and to current members for their service.

“The work they do is vital, not just for local people but for the many thousands of visitors who come to Eryri each year to enjoy the spectacular landscape.

“The team in Llanberis is an inspirational and incredible example of public service, selflessly performing acts of heroism day in and day out in all kinds of weather, and I will continue to do all that I can to support them.

“This much-needed service is only possible as a result of public donations, so I would like to thank all those local residents across Arfon and from further afield, who continue to support the service.

“They are the 4th emergency service and deserve to be treated as such. Without doubt, the volunteers that staff the Llanberis Mountain Rescue team are fully deserving of this recognition.

“I look forward to attending the celebrations at the weekend, and wish the team all the best for the future.”

Each year the team responds to a large number of emergency calls for mountain users of Snowdonia. The team is made up entirely by volunteer mountaineers and fundraisers.

A spokesperson from Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team said: “It’s a real honour to get some official recognition from the UK Parliament on the occasion of our 50th anniversary!

“The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team is a fully voluntary organisation which responds to those in need on Snowdon and the surrounding mountains. The Team is on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and relies entirely on donations from members of the public to carry out this essential life-saving rescue service.”