Fes­tive feast . . .

The Southland Times - - Front Page -

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.

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