‘Best Christmas ever’

Volunteers and guests celebrating a successful Christmas Day meal for the elderly, organised by the Free Press.
Volunteers and guests celebrating a successful Christmas Day meal for the elderly, organised by the Free Press.
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Volunteer cooks were up before the crack of dawn on the day to switch the ovens on at the Ivo Day Centre in Spalding and start cooking the turkeys.

But just minutes after they returned mid-morning to cook the vegetables, the laughter from the kitchen turned to panic.

The first guests were due to start arriving from 11.30am for a sherry reception, with the meal to be served at 12.30pm.

However, our amazing volunteers were not to be beaten and the event turned into a military operation, with some taking food home to finish cooking and the Lincolnshire Poacher pub coming to the rescue by roasting the potatoes.

Nearly 30 people sat down to a four-course meal that day in a beautifully decorated room with festive music playing in the background.

Afterwards they were entertained with a Christmas sing-song, solos by classical guitarist Anne Darragh and a raffle, including hampers and other prizes that had been donated.

Jean Sanderson, one of the guests who inspired the Free Press to take on organising the meal after Broad Street Methodist Church was unable to hold one this year, said: “Thank you for a wonderful party. The people were happy and we had a very special meal. It was the best Christmas ever.”