‘I don’t miss anything’ says guest after the drama in the kitchen

Spalding Xmas Lunch at Ivo Day Centre
Spalding Xmas Lunch at Ivo Day Centre
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Guests enjoying the party at the Ivo Day Centre in Spalding, with volunteers in the background. SG251214-113TW

However, they were very wrong. Guest Jean Sanderson said: “I don’t miss anything, but it was a wonderful meal. The volunteers did an amazing job.”

Within minutes of the Free Press offices opening yesterday, another guest, Robert Wade (94), popped in to say “thank you”. Mr Wade said: “It was so kind of all of the volunteers to give up their time so we could have a nice party on Christmas Day. They deserve a big thank you.”

The meal was provided for free thanks to donations from Simpsons butchers, who donated turkeys and pigs in blankets, NFU members who gave fresh vegetables, West Lode Fisheries who donated prawns, Sharon Rogers who gave melons and tangerines for an alternative starter, Sainsbury’s who donated Christmas puddings, sparkling fruit juice and accessories for the meal, the Lincolnshire Poacher who donated sherry, Beverley Mackey who made two fresh trifles, Valerie Waller who baked a two-tier Christmas cake and our reporter Kat Wakefield also baked some mince pies for the guests.

Decorations were donated by Baytree Garden Centre of Weston, a real Christmas tree for the party room, decorations and mince pies were given by Spalding Lifestyle and Garden Centre and Butters donated poinsettia plants. The daughter of guest Valerie Macgregor donated festive tablecloths, serviettes and crackers. A donation was also made by Coun Gary Taylor.

Volunteer Chris White, who organised the transport with husband Ben, said: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the town and the volunteers who came along on the day.

“The Christmas meal was amazing in spite of the challenges the volunteers in the kitchen had to overcome.

“It was a lovely social occasion and everyone should be feeling very proud.”

Robert West, of the Ivo Day Centre, was delighted the event went well.

He said: “We feel terrible the cooker broke down but are so pleased the venue was successful. We’d love you to come back again next year.”

The Free Press and Spalding Guardian would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supported the event and pulled together to make it a success.

You are all amazing!