Success of Gainsborough Christmas Day lunch
The traditional free Christmas Day lunch that was held at Gainsborough House on Christmas Day, meant that people who would otherwise have spent Christmas Day on their own, could celebrate Christmas in the company of others, whilst enjoying a sumptuous meal, and joining in with the singing of carols and the entertainment provided by Chris Hatch, vocalist. They certainly did enjoy themselves.
This local tradition has been running for over 43 years and for many years has been solely organised by Michael Wragg MBE, supported by his wife Susan. Due to Michael’s health issues, this year he made the decision to hand over the organisation of the event.
In recognition of Michael’s hard work and dedication a presentation was made on behalf of guests, past and present, by the Mayor of Gainsborough, Councillor Richard Craig, and Deputy Mayor of Gainsborough, Councillor Keith Panter, who both joined in and helped with the festivities.
The event was made possible due to the generosity of numerous local organisations and individuals who donated money to cover costs, goods for the event or gifts for the guests allowing the event to be provided free of charge.
Special appreciation goes 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 that the guests enjoyed a truly festive Christmas Day to remember.
The meal itself was provided by Zena of Zenas Top Nosh and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thanks must also go to the people at Gainsborough House for their support and assistance.
The new organiser, Stan Foster, said: “With all of the support and generous donations provided by the community, 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.”