Cracking time at festive dinner!

Warm Hearts Christmas dinner, at the Royal Hotel, the annual Christmas dinner for local elderly organised by Royal Hotel, Age UK and the Evening News.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  115060a   15/12/11
Warm Hearts Christmas dinner, at the Royal Hotel, the annual Christmas dinner for local elderly organised by Royal Hotel, Age UK and the Evening News. Picture by Andrew Higgins 115060a 15/12/11

PENSIONERS were treated to an early Christmas present after local businesses joined together to put on a three-course festive meal with gifts as part of the Warm Hearts campaign.

The annual event held at the Royal Hotel aims to spread some cheer for Scarborough’s elderly folk who may have little company at this time of year.

Retired housewife Joan Billing, 76, of Osgodby who was invited by local Age UK services said: “I love it, everybody is very helpful and the staff are very nice.

“I’ve enjoyed just meeting people and the company very much so.”

Town crier Alan Booth, 80, also enjoyed the seasonal boost.

“It was a surprise to receive the invitation and on arrival it was a fantastic atmosphere,” said Mr Booth. “Even though we didn’t know each other we’ve found new friends, the staff were wonderful, it’s a friendly gathering and such a wonderful meal - I’m most sincerely thankful.”

Royal manager David Hull added: “We’re happy to support it again this year, it’s always nice to help the local community and spread the festive spirit and we’re just glad we’re able to see it continue.”

Various local businesses helped to make the event a success with thanks to the following: Age UK for providing crackers, Nippy Taxis for transport, The Royal Hotel for Christmas dinner and all the trimmings, Scarborough Evening News for sherry on arrival.

Presents were also donated for gifts bags including Christmas puddings and after dinner mints from Tesco, chocolates from Proudfoots, Marks and Spencers biscuits, After Eights from Poundland in Westborough, wine from Morrisons, chocolates from Boyes, fresh fruit and nuts from The Little Fruit Shop in Bar Street and gift wrapping was provided by Jasmine’s Florists.