Dozens enjoy Swaffham Christmas lunch

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A festive lunch held in Swaffham for people who would have otherwise spent Christmas Day alone has been hailed as a big success.

More than 60 guests and volunteers enjoyed the third annual Christmas Day lunch in the Assembly Rooms, which was organised by the Iceni Partnership.

And group manager Don Saunders has paid tribute to the support shown by residents and businesses for the festive event.

He said: “Swaffham should be proud of itself. The response from residents and businesses has been splendid. There are too many to mention everyone by name.

“Special thanks has to go to Waitrose for their green token sponsorship and local businesses Impson butchers, the Market Cross restaurant, Norfolk Produce market trader, Papworth butchers and Starlings florist and greengrocer.”

Town mayor Anne Thorp and her deputy Paul Darby were among those attending the lunch, which began with drinks and mince pies.

Steve Hudson then sang as the guests made their way to their tables, where they enjoyed a three-course menu of soup, a roast dinner and a choice of Hungarian trifle or strudel.

Following the meal, a raffle was drawn and prize bingo games played.

Partnership officials are planning to hold a similar lunch again next year and have already invited both guests and volunteers to take part then.