Angus volunteers organise Christmas Day community lunch

A community Christmas meal has been organised for Christmas Day
A community Christmas meal has been organised for Christmas Day

Kind-hearted volunteers have organised a community festive lunch for anyone who wants some company and a warm meal on Christmas Day.

The doors of the YMCA, in Murray Street, Montrose, will be open on December 25 from 11.30am to 1.30pm for anyone who finds themselves alone over the holidays.

This is the first event of its kind on Christmas Day in Montrose.

Katie Baxter, who put on a similar lunch in Arbroath three years ago, contacted Val Cooper, manager of the YM, to see if one could be set up in Montrose this year.

She said: “We had the idea of doing it in a different Angus town each year.

“It was very popular when we did it in Arbroath. We had 55 people at our busiest time.

“Anyone who wants some good food and good company on Christmas Day is welcome to come celebrate with us.

“We’ve been in touch with the Montrose social work department to see if anyone they support would like to come along.”

Val said: “People often find themselves lonely at Christmas for various reasons.

“Anybody is welcome. Even those who want to come to give someone else some company on Christmas Day.”

There will be soup, hot homemade meals, a buffet, cakes, puddings and food packages - the majority of which have been donated by locals and businesses - as well as board games, dominos and card games.

Katie said: “The community and businesses have been very supportive and have donated lots of items.”

Wendy Spink, manager at the Montrose Specsavers store who have donated goods, said: “It’s good for us to be able to give something back to the community.”

If you would like to donate goods, the YM is open 8.30am to noon on Tuesday and from 9.30am on Christmas Day.