Festive cheer served up to Swaffham residents

Festive fun was on the menu at a senior citizens Christmas lunch organised by the Swaffham and District Lions today (Sunday).

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss was a special guest at the event, which has been held at Hamond's High School for more than 20 years.

A team of volunteers lead by Lions president Paul Southerton, a trained chef, cooked and served the traditional three-course meal to 115 people and the hall was beautifully decorated by the Lionesses.

Transport was provided and guests were greeted by deputy mayor Terry Jennison before they enjoyed a glass of sherry, roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding, wine, mince pies and live entertainment.

Attending for the second year, Ms Truss told the party that Swaffham was 'buzzing' with activity and the event was brilliant for bringing people of all ages together.

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'It was fantastic,' she said afterwards. 'I think it was even busier this year and more and more people seem to be getting involved, which is great.'

Singing duo Class Act entertained the guests and there was also dancing by pupils from Swaffham's Sacred Heart Convent School.

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Dennis Tallon, of the Lions, said: 'It really sets the scene for Christmas. If you look at all the people who come here, it's the camaraderie of the day which makes it for them. It's about meeting old friends and people they saw here last year and chatting about life over the last 12 months.

'It's a really nice occasion and Elizabeth Truss is wonderful for helping out.'

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