More than 120 older people start Christmas early as they enjoy Labour-run Maghull Town Council pre-Christmas dinner

Mayor of Maghull, Cllr Joan Deegan with Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley with fellow borough and town councillors and volunteers who waited on the diners.

 

Christmas came early for more than 120 older people from Maghull this week when Labour-run Maghull Town Council hosted its first ever pensioners' Christmas dinner.

The town council hosted the festive feast at Maghull Town Hall last Wednesday.

Councillors on the town council, together with members of Maghull Labour Action Team served the three-course meal to the festive diners.

Long-time Maghull resident, 92-year-old Eric Rogers, joined in the celebrations.

Eric said: "I've lived in Maghull for years and I've never known the town council to hold anything like this before.

"This is a great event. The food has been lovely and we have all really enjoyed ourselves.

"Thanks to all the organisers for laying this on and all the councillors and volunteers for treating us so well."

Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley said he was delighted that the town council could bring so many older members of the community together.

Cllr McKinley said: "When we came up with this idea, our aim was to get people from throughout our community together to enjoy a meal and some Christmas festivities.

"We never imagined that we'd get so many people along. It's been a great turn out and it was great to see them all enjoying themselves.

"This has been a brilliant team effort. We've had the support of town and borough councillors, together with members of the Maghull Labour Action Team with members of the Maghull Community Radio. I would like to thank them all.

"We would also like to particularly thank Delta and Blue Line, both of whom provided free taxis for people who needed them.

"It has been a great community event."

Maghull Town Council's Older Persons' Champion, Cllr Caroline Esterson, said the aim of the town council's Christmas programme has been to try and include as many people as possible.

Cllr Esterson said: "Christmas can be a difficult time for lots of people in our community. People who live alone, or who have lost people.

"That together with the fact that lots of people are struggling anyway at the moment because of the spiralling cost of living.

"We wanted to bring some Christmas cheer to older people in our community. By bringing them all together like this we have given them a chance to get out and meet new people. And they all had a really good time. It was great to see so many of them enjoy themselves.

"I'd like to thank everyone who came along. It showed just what a great community we live in here in Maghull."