Keighley Town Council’s annual Christmas Lunch doubled in size this year, with a choice of two days for the free, three-course meal, which was held at Keighley Civic Centre.
All residents of the civil parish of Keighley and aged at least 65 were invited to the Christmas Lunch through an article in the Town Council’s magazine, “KTC Connect”, which was delivered to all Keighley households in the autumn. One hundred free tickets were available on a first-come-first-served basis and this year there was a choice of two dates: 13th and 14th December.
The 2016 menu comprised a vegetable broth, followed by a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings (or a vegetable quiche), topped-off with sherry trifle, mints and coffee. The food was lovingly cooked and served by Keighley-based caterers, Lavender Fields, who also run the Lavender Fields Emporium and Tea Room at 42 Cavendish Street.
A visit from pupils and teachers at St Andrew’s Primary School provided a 15-member choir on both days, singing a selection of popular Christmas songs. Mother Christmas made an appearance to give gifts to all of the school children and a box of chocolates to every adult guest. The Town Mayor, Councillor Shabir Ahmed, as well as several councillors, staff and volunteers served the meals and did the washing-up from noon until 3pm on both days.
The lunches were organised and funded by the Town Council’s Events and Leisure Committee. Following the completion of Wednesday’s lunch, the Chairman of the Committee, Councillor Luke Maunsell, said: “I am delighted that our annual pensioners’ dinner has been a success; providing these meals is a great pleasure for the Council and we hope that everyone enjoyed the festivities. I would like to thank all of our helpers, the caterers and the wonderful choir from St Andrew’s for making the event so successful”.
Planning for next year’s Christmas Lunch, as well as the numerous other events in the Council’s diary, will begin at the first Events and Leisure Committee meeting of 2017, to be held on Thursday 2nd February at 6pm in Keighley Town Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting as observers and may also address the Committee during the public session at the start of the meeting.
For further information, please contact:
Deputy Town Clerk
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