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Tree-mendous gift after vandal attack

SINGALONG: Carols and favourite songs at Church Inn while Father Christmas handed out gifts to partygoers

SINGALONG: Carols and favourite songs at Church Inn while Father Christmas handed out gifts to partygoers

A landlady says her faith in human nature has been restored after a surprise gift of a Christmas tree to replace one stolen and flung into the canal.

Kelly Wilkins was shocked when the tree she had put up outside the Church Inn, Garstang, was ripped from the wall just days before 60 people were due to attend a charity party at the pub, organised by Garstang and District Lions.

But within hours of the story going into the Courier, she received not one, but two offers of a replacement.

“We had a tree donated by Bradshaw’s Farm Shop on the A6. We bought the original tree, there, and they supply our fruit and veg,”said Kelly.

“They read the story in the Courier and wanted to make sure the Mencap party guests had a nice welcome on the doorstep.

“We put up the tree in time for the party, and everyone had a great time.

“And later the same day, we had a phone call from a lady who had read the article and was offering to donate a tree .

“We were thrilled that people cared enough to replace the tree to make the Christmas party even more special for the guests.”

Dave Lewis, of Garstang and District Lions Club, said: “Nearly 60 Mencap clients and carers attended and enjoyed an excellent meal, together with entertainment provided by Garstang Musical Productions.

“Santa Claus made a very welcome appearance and came with presents for all the Mencap clients. This year Santa was helped by Lenny the Lion who also made an appearance at the recent Victorian Evenings.

“The lunch was a great success with clients, carers and Lions members all joining in with the Carols played by GMP.

“The Lions would like to thank Kelly Wilkins and all her staff for all their hard work and hospitality..”

 

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