A cracker of a Christmas party!

Rotary Club of Preston North member Geoff Sumner pours the tea at the Christmas Party at Longridge Civic Centre
Rotary Club of Preston North member Geoff Sumner pours the tea at the Christmas Party at Longridge Civic Centre

Preston North Rotary Club’s renowned Christmas Party for the elderly of Longridge and surrounding area has spanned more than four decades, never wavering in its provision of sumptious fayre and fine entertainment.

Sunday’s event - the 45th such occasion - which was held at Longridge Civic Hall, was no exception and saw approximately 200 people enjoying a fun filled afternoon.

Members of the Rotary Club of Preston North serving the meals at the Christmas Party

Members of the Rotary Club of Preston North serving the meals at the Christmas Party

A sherry on arrival for guests, followed by a meal of ham and chicken salad, fruit salad, mince pies, tea and coffee was complemented with a variety of entertainment.

Compere was well known Longridge Rotarian Frank Warren and the line-up of artistes included singer-comedian Kitty Litter dressed as Mrs Brown; the Preston Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums and Preston North founder member Tom Croft playing the keyboard.

There were also competitions including for the oldest guest; for the person who had lived in Longridge the longest and for the guest with the most children, grandchildren and great grandchildren - the latter going to Mrs Hunt who has no less than 73!

There were also prizes of table decorations to be won in the raffle, which were provided by Magpies florists of Longton. And when it was time to go home, each party goer was given a gift of a box of chocolates.

President Philip McDade said: “Once again we have had a great Christmas party and we have had a lot of fun and fellowship on the day. The party was first held in 1968, was attended by 100 people and cost under £100 to stage. Fast forward 45 years, the number attending has doubled and the party now costs in the region of £1,000.

Preston North Rotary Club meets at Ferrari’s, Thornley, on Thursdays at 6pm and if anyone is interested in joining they are asked to contact Richard Garside on 07836258971.