What a fantastic day was had by all, with memories that last.
The traditional Free Christmas Day Lunch and celebration, in its 47th year, was held at The Blues Club Gainsborough on 25th December.
It was another bumper year with 100 people enjoying the day, starting at 11.00am and continuing until 2.30pm.
The Christmas Day 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 provided by the wonderful cooks Lynn and John Collins and Pat Bratton of Noble Foods.
Lynesse provided the entertainment, which was thoroughly enjoyed and got everyone dancing. Even Santa appeared delivering presents.
Organisers would like to thank Councillor Caz Davies for starting off the celebrations at such a difficult time for her after recently losing her husband Tim, who was the Major of Gainsborough. This shows how much Caz and Tim have always had the town and its residents at heart first and foremost. Supporting her was the Deputy Major Councillor James Plastow and his wife Sarah, who both helped with the festivities – including washing up and clearing away!
Stan Foster, who organises the event, said: “The generosity of the numerous local organisations and individuals who donated goods for the event, money to cover costs and gifts for the guests, allowing the event to be provided completely free of charge, never ceases to amaze me. I am overwhelmed by their generosity.
“Special appreciation must go to the volunteers who give up their valuable time on Christmas Day to transfer guests to and from the event, help in the kitchen, serve the meals and chat with the guests to ensure they enjoyed a truly festive Christmas Day to remember.
“With this kind of support this tradition of ensuring people need not be on their own on Christmas Day will continue for many years to come. We owe that to the local community.
“It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves and chatting to others. Many of them said ‘see you next year’… that makes it all worthwhile.
“Thanks must also go to The Blues Club for hosting the event, to Community Wheels for their support and assistance and Gainsborough Life for helping to promote the event.
“Donations were gratefully received from:
- Acis Group
- Blue Ribbon Investments
- Booth Parks Accountants
- Cliff Bradley and Sons
- Gainsborough Freemasons
- Hunters Estate Agents
- Noble Foods
- Rotary Club of Gainsborough
- Regal Manufacturing
- Sis Drill
- Unite Union
- Local WI and Church Groups – distributed by Val Strawson
- West Lindsey Customer Services Team
“And numerous other generous individuals. A big thank you to you all – without you this event could not happen.”