Good Samaritan saves Christmas at Swaffham lunch

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A Good Samaritan saved Christmas for dozens of people who would otherwise have spent the big festive day on their own.

More than 50 guests enjoyed a three-course seasonal lunch at the Swaffham Assembly Rooms on Christmas Day, which was served by volunteers from the town’s Iceni Partnership.

But, despite the support of many local businesses, event co-ordinator Jonathan Reed revealed the partnership had been on the verge of axing the event before the late intervention by a, so far, unnamed party.

He said: “We were unsure if we could run the event this year as we didn’t know anyone who had mass catering experience.

“Then, a good Samaritan offered his services three days before we were going to cancel the event - we were delighted.”

Guests enjoyed a menu of vegetable soup, a traditional roast turkey dinner and a medley of puddings.

Around 15 volunteers served the food, while another crew of helpers preparedthe ingredients on Christmas Eve.

And Mr Reed, the Partnership’s customer liaison officer, has high hopes for the future of the celebration.

He said: “We are confident that this will become a regular event on the Swaffham calendar as the response from the guests was so positive, a day the volunteers find very rewarding too.

The audience also enjoyed music from Steve Hudson and Chrissie Willis, who also ran a free prize bingo session.