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The first 'post-COVID' Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner was held last Saturday evening in the Carloway Community Centre and was well attended.

The turn-out clearly demonstrated that an important aspect of the event is the opportunity given to local residents to meet up and socialise.

The welcome, the food, the service and the fun were of the highest standard and a welcome relief for the hard-working volunteers who did not have the arduous task of arranging numerous home deliveries as has been the case over the last three years.

The evening entertainment included a quiz and what has been described as an “infuriating game which guaranteed that you couldn’t tell your right hand from your left”.  Kenny Angus MacLeod piped Santa into the event.

Newly installed lights and decorations added to the party atmosphere with a £1,200 grant from the Western Isles Lottery from the Ness/Westside funding pot.

Mairi Steele, Chair of the Carloway Community Association said “Saturday went really well, and everybody was amazed with the lights and decorations in the hall!”

The hall lights will now be a permanent fixture which will enhance a variety of events throughout the year.

Janet Paterson of the Western Isles Lottery said “Well done to all the volunteers who have worked hard to get this event up and running again. Sparkly lights always upgrade the aesthetics of a venue and provide a feel-good factor. We are delighted they will be in use and on show all year round”.

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