|Volunteers Cameron Douglas and|
A team of volunteers from local churches assembled several hours earlier to decorate the hall and prepare the food. Lunch started to be served around noon, followed by carols singing and lucky door prize giveaways.
The event started about 30 years ago involving about 10 people from three families who were new to the area.
It grew into a community event held in the hall at St Matthew's Church, offering food and fellowship for people who might otherwise have been alone at Christmas. The theme each year is "bring a friend or come and make a friend."
One of the original participants and organisers, Les Whittle, said the lunch had been held at St Matthew's for about 20 years but it had grown to such an extent that it had been necessary to move to a bigger venue this year.
|Justin Logie baked the potatoes for the lunch in his mobile oven.|
|The scene inside the Memorial Hall on Christmas Day.|