As­pir­ing league win­ners serve up tur­key din­ners

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, 2018 BY DAVID PROC­TOR

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

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