More than 50 people joined the Spalding Guardian for its second Christmas Day Lunch for the elderly.
They were greeted at the Ivo Day Centre by Santa and the deputy chairman of South Holland District Council Coun Rodney Grocock, who came along to help with his wife, Chrissie.
Coun Gary Taylor, who sponsored the event along with many members of the community and local businesses, also helped on the day by joining the transport team.
After a sherry reception, guests sat down to a three-course meal of homemade mushroom soup or melon, turkey with all of the trimmings, Christmas pudding and brandy sauce, or trifle or black forest gateaux, followed by tea or coffee and mince pies.
Santa ran the raffle and the guests were entertained with seasonal songs and music by George Cragg and Phil Whigger.
The guests had a surprise treat with a poem by 95-year-old Robert wade, who had everyone laughing with a humorous look at growing old.
Jean Sanderson, whose appeal last year resulted in the Spalding Guardian organising the event, said: “I’ve had a lovely time. I nearly died when I was in hospital but I’m not giving up - life’s too sweet.”
After every mince pie was eaten and the last festive song sung, guests left with an armful of donated gifts and an orchid plant each.
The Spalding Guardian would like to thank all of our amazing volunteers and sponsors who once again made a Christmas lunch into something very special.
For full story and pictures see next week’s Spalding Guardian.