Singalong at our free Christmas Day meal for the elderly in Spalding

Guests and volunteers at last year's Spalding Guardian Christmas Day lunch for the elderly. SG251214-113TW

Guests and volunteers at last year's Spalding Guardian Christmas Day lunch for the elderly. SG251214-113TW

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A well-known local music maestro has signed up to join in the fun at the Spalding Guardian’s free Christmas Day lunch for the elderly.

George Gragg is best known for playing at tea dances in the area and has offered to lead a singalong at the Ivo Day Centre in Albion Street.

Mr Cragg told us: “I’d really love to come along and get everyone enjoying a good old Christmas singalong.

“It will be nice to do my bit to make sure everyone has a great time.”

Those who prefer to sit back and relax to some festive ‘Buble’ magic will also be in for a treat because local crooner Phil Wigger is also coming along.

Phil – whose repertoire includes songs by Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Matt Munro and 60s and 70s favourites, as well as Michael Buble – has appeared at Macmillan charity and other events in the area.

He said: “I just want the people that are going to be there to have a great day, and if I can help make this happen, then it’s all worthwhile.”

Our volunteers will soon be heading to the Ivo Day Centre to help decorate the hall and entrance so clubs and groups can also enjoy them in the run-up to our event on Christmas Day.

Last year Baytree Garden Centre donated some trimmings and this year they are offering a few more to replace the older ones that were already there.

The Spalding Guardian’s free Christmas Day meal for the elderly is open to single people and couples in the area who might otherwise be alone on December 25.

Guests will be welcomed by our volunteers and introduced to others on their table so they soon feel at home. They will also be greeted with a glass of sherry or soft drink if preferred, before our volunteers serve up a freshly cooked three-course meal, followed by tea or coffee and mincepies.

Entertainment will follow, including a raffle and a visit by Santa.

There is still time to book a meal and organise free transport to the event and home again afterwards.

To book or get involved, call 01775 765415.

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