Great Yarmouth Minster to host Open Christmas lunch
The Great Yarmouth Open Christmas meal, for homeless and vulnerable people in the borough, will be held this year at Great Yarmouth Minster, following the closure of the Marina Centre on the sea front.
The annual Christmas Day gathering, which has run for 21 years and is organised wholly by volunteers with the help of donations, provides a free Christmas meal and festive cheer for people who would otherwise be on their own or have no meal on December 25.
With the closure of the Marina Centre, which historically hosted the event, there had been concerns the charity might not be able to host its festive meal, and organisers had lined up a replacement venue, but it fell through.
Discussions between the Open Christmas volunteers and representatives of both the Minster and Great Yarmouth Community Trust, which runs the Priory Centre next door, resulted in the new arrangement, whereby the Open Christmas volunteers will cook the meals in the kitchen at the Priory Centre and host the event in the northern aisle of the Minster.
The council is supplying equipment including chairs and tables, and Town Hall porter Roger Smith is kindly volunteering his services, also free of charge.
The drop-in event will take place between 11.30am and 3pm, with Christmas lunch served for about 400 people between 12.30pm and 2pm.
The charity is appealing to the public and local businesses for donations of money and goods.
For more information, to register to volunteer or to donate, please visit www.openchristmasgreatyarmouth.org
This story first appeared in the Great Yarmouth Mercury, and has also appeared on Network Yarmouth.
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