The traditional free Christmas Day lunch and celebration was held at Gainsborough House on Christmas Day. This local tradition has been running for 44 years. It was a bumper year with 78 people attending, starting at 10.30am and continuing until 2.30pm.
The event meant that people in Gainsborough and the district, who would otherwise have spent Christmas Day on their own, could celebrate Christmas in the company of others whilst enjoying a sumptuous meal, joining in with the singing of carols and the entertainment provided by vocalist Chris Hatch. They certainly did enjoy themselves. Even Santa and his Elf turned up to distribute presents.
In attendance was Councillor Steve England, Chairman of West Lindsey District Council, and his wife, who started off the celebrations, joined in and helped with the festivities.
Stan Foster, who organises the entire event, said: “I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the numerous local organisations and individuals who donated goods for the event, money to cover costs or gifts for the guests, allowing the event to be provided completely free of charge.
“With this kind of support this tradition of ensuring people need not be on their own on Christmas Day will continue, as it has in the past, for many years to come. We owe that to the local community. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and happy. Many of them said ‘see you next year’ and that makes it all worthwhile.
“Special appreciation must go to the volunteers who gave up their valuable time to transfer guests to and from the event, to help in the kitchen and serve the meals, chat with the guests and ensure the guests enjoyed a truly festive Christmas Day to remember. Thanks must also go to the people at Gainsborough House for their support and assistance and to Gainsborough Life for helping to promote the event.”
The meal itself was provided by Zena of Zenas Top Nosh and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Donations were gratefully received from:
- Acis Group
- Francis Barker Trust
- Cliff Bradley and Sons
- Gainsborough Lions
- Laughton WI
- Morton Tea Dance
- Noble Foods
- Rotary Club of Gainsborough
- Sis Drill
- Sturton By Stow Line Dancers
- Unite Union
- Local WI and church groups — distributed by Val Strawson
- Numerous other generous individuals