All the trimmings for 200

Timaru community Xmas dinner serves 200

JACQUIE WEBBY
Last updated 05:00 26/12/2013
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BUSY VOLUNTEERS: Irene Willetts, left, Sue and Kristal Russell, Rob Brookland and Nola Pow.

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Christmas lunch with all the trimmings was enjoyed by a crowd of about 200 people at this year's Timaru community Christmas dinner.

Served on attractively decorated tables, visitors tucked into a menu of chicken, ham, roast vegetables, gravy and bread rolls, followed by fresh fruit salad, strawberries and ice cream.

Yesterday's dinner was organised by a team of three women - Rebecca Smith, Vicki O'Brien and Kate Wehi, who were ably assisted by a big group of volunteers and lots of food donations.

Ms Smith said part of the success of the day was the volunteers who gave their time so willingly to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves.

"I want to say a big thank-you to them all," she said. "They more than help make the day a success." People in Waimate also had the chance to attend the town's inaugural Christmas lunch.

Joint co-ordinator Indrea Alexander said 53 people sat down to a meal of lamb, ham, turkey, new potatoes and salads, with mini pavlovas, Christmas puddings and fresh berries to finish.

Mrs Alexander said although they didn't have as many people as expected, once word gets around, there will be more people next year.

"We catered for around 120 people so we were able to send everyone home with a plate of food."

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