Community spirit behind festive event in Whitehead

The Christmas Day dinner at Whitehead Methodist Church Hall
The Christmas Day dinner at Whitehead Methodist Church Hall

Community spirit was alive and well in Whitehead this festive season as a host of volunteers pitched in for the Christmas Day dinner.

The free event took place in the town’s Methodist Church hall on December 25.

Guests enjoy festive fare

Guests enjoy festive fare


It was open to all who were “either in need, lonely, or just want to spend a couple of hours in good company”, according to local man Noel McKee.


Noel and his wife Gillian organised the event for those who might otherwise spend Christmas Day alone.


It was also hoped that the venture would inspire others in the community to reach out to their neighbours over the holiday season.


A total of 25 people enjoyed the delicious festive fare on the day, with a further two home deliveries.

Enjoying  the Whitehead Christmas Day dinner

Enjoying the Whitehead Christmas Day dinner


Some £425 was donated to the Salvation Army in Belfast in aid of their night shelter work.

Providing entertainment on the day

Providing entertainment on the day

A volunteer helps out

A volunteer helps out

The event was organised by Noel and Gillian McKee

The event was organised by Noel and Gillian McKee