A TYNE Valley cafe has gained international recognition after being singled out by search engine giant Google.

The Rising Café on Beaumont Street, Hexham, gained international recognition on Tuesday when Google in California highlighted it as part of an online event to award Guiding Star status to Google Local Guides across the world.

Google Local Guides is a voluntary community (open to anyone) who work with Google Maps to update the maps, ensure their accuracy, add information, and review businesses etc.

Peter Williams, from Lancashire, but whose daughter, Rebecca Burton, lives in Haydon Bridge along with her husband and 20-month-old daughter, was one of the 50 Local Guides chosen by Google from around the world, to be a Guiding Star – someone who contributes above and beyond expectations.

And he was one of the 10 winners in the Community Builder section.

More than that, though, in the interview process he was asked to identify his favourite UK business and he chose Rising Café in Hexham, because of its warm welcome, comfy atmosphere, and excellent food, but also because of the incredible ethos it has of supporting people rebuilding once-broken lives. Peter visits the café often and is impressed with the entire setup, and highly appreciative of the wonderful work they do. And of the ten contributions in that sector, his was chosen to be highlighted – so Rising Café got worldwide recognition .