Aspiring league winners serve up turkey dinners
It is a busy period for Peterhead Football Club (PFC) as they target promotion from League 2.
But Blue Toon manager Jim McInally and star striker Rory McAllister took some time out from the rigours of challenging for honours to serve up some turkey with all the trimmings.
It was part of the club’s annual Christmas lunch which involves dishing up festive meals to elderly and vulnerable people in the
“This is wonderful and I really enjoyed the kids’ singing”
town who would otherwise be on their own.
The event at Balmoor Stadium yesterday attracted more than 130 men and women from in and around the Buchan port.
As well as lunch, they were treated to a concert by children from Buchanhaven Primary School and a dementiafriendly disco known as Boogie in the Bar.
PFC is taking part in the SPFL Trust’s Festive Friends scheme, which asks clubs to open their doors to those who would be alone during the festivities.
Fiona Wilson, 53, was one of those tucking into an early Christmas dinner and said she was glad to be there with others.
She said: “I just like meeting different people.
“I’m on my own and this is fine for the company and it is good of the football club to do this.
“I came here last year and you get a hamper with all of the Christmas stuff in it.”
Frances Westcott, a former airman who lives in Peterhead, said the lunch far exceeded his own expectations.
He said: “This is wonderful and I really enjoyed the kids’ singing.”
Nat Porter, PFC’s community officer, has been involved with running the initiative for the last three years and said it always goes down a treat.
He said it is a massive deal for the side to be giving back to those who are part of the community.
“This is a big thing for us,” said Mr Porter.
“We do a lot for kids but this is at the other end of the spectrum.
“We are helping the elderly people in Peterhead and other folk who don’t get out. This is brilliant to see.
“All the board are here and six staff have volunteered to come in and help as well.”
WINTER WARMER: Peterhead manager Jim McInally and chairman Ian Grant trade the sidelines for the servery at Balmoor Stadium
Mascot Sammy the Skurry meets diners at the event held through the SPFL Trust’s Festive Friends Scheme