A very special Christmas Dinner

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A Christmas dinner pulled together by members of the community for those who may be alone during Christmas day has been hailed a success.

Scott Reid, who says he can’t stand the idea of people spending Christmas alone, was at the forefront of organising a special Christmas dinner for anyone in want of good company this December 25 in St James’ Church.

After Scott initially put forward the idea he received waves of support from local businesses and residents.

The turkey was donated by McHardy’s the Buthcher while the CO-OP, Aunt Bessies and The Tolbooth Restaurant provided other foods.

Scott was also given the use of St James’ Church for free. Scott told the Leader that he felt the lunch had been a success.

He said: “I have so many people I would like to thank, from those who donated money, food or time. Too many to name but a special thanks to the pool of drivers, volunteers and cooks.

“It may have only been a few hours for them, but it truly made the day of all the individuals I spoke with and they thanked you all for making it possible.

Scott took to the streets of Stonehaven in the build up to Christmas Day, handing out posters for shops to display in their windows.

“I know I’ve said it before , but without all of your help no matter what you did then there is no way we would have achieved the Dinner.”

Anne Geldart, the Lay Reader at St James’, also added to Scott’s comments saying: “Altogether there were thirty guests as well as twenty-odd helpers for this community meal on Christmas day – and I was humbled by this event and only hope we will be able to do something similar in the future.”