A Big Christmas Do

by Catriona Conway-Mortimer

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

IN THEIR busy week of pre-Christmas celebrations, residents at Bield’s Crosshill Gardens retirement housing development in Port Glasgow all joined for a traditional turkey dinner, complete with all the trimmings.

The Christmas dinner, which was accompanied by lentil soup for starters and cheesecake or gateau for desert, was enjoyed by all 40 of the development’s residents who sat together at one very large dining table.

After enjoying the feast, two local community wardens put on a disco for tenants, which saw Crosshill Garden’s residents spend the evening dancing to top hits from their era from the likes of Roy Orbison to Elvis.

And, to keep the merry spirits high over the Christmas period, Port Glasgow High School band visited Crosshill Gardens later on in the week to play tenants some lovely recitals of classic Christmas tunes.

The band of 25 pupils, which included a saxophonist, singers, a bagpiper and clarinet and flute players, gave their renditions of well-loved carols, such as Silent Night and Jingle Bell Rock, for everyone at Crosshill Gardens to sing along to.

To thank the students for their brilliant recitals, tenants gifted them with chocolate oranges decorated in a white, hand-knitted casing to mirror the look of a snowball.

Michelle McKinnon, manager at Crosshill Gardens, said: “It was lovely to see the younger and older generations bond after the pupils’ concert.

“The knitted chocolate snowballs were such a thoughtful idea – the students loved them. “Everyone’s enjoyed the get-togethers. Having all the neighbours sitting around one big table and then dancing the night away at the disco has really got us in the party mood.

“It’s been a very social week at Crosshill Gardens and the community feel has grown even more with everyone celebrating their ability to be free to enjoy their own choices about how they celebrate the festive period.

“From everyone at Bield we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who got involved and made this week as special as it was.”

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