Fifty years of festive cheer at Room at the Inn

Last updated 05:00 26/12/2013
Jimmy McGuinness
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TASTES GOOD: Irish accordion player Jimmy McGuinness tucks into Christmas lunch at the Aro St Community Hall. 

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Hundreds of people got a big helping of Christmas food and cheer in Wellington yesterday at the 50th Room at the Inn festive lunch.

The lunches for the lonely and the homeless have been running since 1963.

Yesterday, 150 people enjoyed a big Christmas Day lunch at the Aro St Community Hall.

Warm ham, turkey and stuffing, corned beef, potatoes, peas and lashings of gravy were served up by dozens of volunteers.

Irish accordion player Jimmy McGuinness has travelled from Timaru to the Room at the Inn in Wellington for the past 27 years, stopping in as part of his regular summer busking tour.

"It's great people, great food and great music."

Another 170 meals on wheels were dispatched to homes around Wellington, with presents and other treats.

Jim Leach, who has been attending the lunch for 10 years, said he wanted to pass on his thanks to everyone involved.

"All the cooks, all the volunteers, everyone."

All the equipment needed for cooking was moved down to the hall before the event.

Rob Mayo, a volunteer chef for 13 years, cooked with help from other charitable cooks.

The lunch was backed by the Lions Club of Wellington.

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- The Dominion Post

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