Festive feast . . .
ILT chief executive Chris Ramsay (pictured) serves guests, Dianne Kemp, Pam Cooper and Adin Cockroft at the Ascot Park Hotel at its annual Christmas dinner last night.
About 900 people over 70-years-of-age were drawn from a ballot and had their seat reserved for the feast, that will be held over two nights.
The event has been running for more than 20 years, and after this year’s edition about 22,000 people will have enjoyed a feast.
The trust outlaid about $44,000 for this year’s event, almost $50-perhead, all in the spirit of Christmas.
After a speech from Ramsay and president Alan Dennis, guests were treated to music from Margaret Bates as they tucked into their chicken ballotine stuffed with bacon and cheese with mesclun salad and cranberry sauce. Irish dancing and a fiddle tin whistle medley preceded the main course of honey roast ham and turkey with vegetables.