Harleston Christmas party is a hit for all ages in hall

Youngsters with Jessie Bond who has been coming for over 30 years Picture Angela Sharpe

Youngsters with Jessie Bond who has been coming for over 30 years Picture Angela Sharpe - Credit: Archant

Senior citizens were treated to canapes, sparkling wine and a roast dinner to kick off the festive fun this season.A community party with a twist, youngsters waited the tables at the 40th annual event organised by Harleston Junior Club.

Mike Whitehouse, chairman of Harleston Junior Club management committee, organised the first Christmas party in 1976 and with the help of volunteers, its success has continued.

He said: 'When I started it was to encourage young people that they could enjoy giving as well as receiving and brought young and old people together.'

On Wednesday, December 9, 37 guests attended the party at Jays Green Hall and were entertained by the Diss Salvation Army's band, who performed carols and a show involving the members and young volunteers from the club.

It would not be Christmas without a visit from Santa and he arrived armed with gifts, presenting diners with a commemorative 40th anniversary mug and coaster.

Mr Whitehouse added: 'This 40th anniversary event was a really special evening thanks to terrific support from the town's organisations and some businesses who made donations of cash and gifts that supplemented the club's usual fundraising efforts.

'Thanks also to all the friends of the event and the adult volunteer team for their help in the kitchen.'

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Wendy Whiting, the club's leader, was given a bouquet to celebrate and thank her contributions and effort to help ensure the Christmas party goes ahead every year.

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