Islington’s older residents are warmly invited to apply to attend a special, free Christmas lunch on Tuesday 17th December.

Local people aged 70 or over can put themselves forward for a place at the annual festive feast – hosted by the council as a way of celebrating the contribution older people make to the borough.

The event, held at the Islington Assembly Hall on Upper Street, will include a lunch attended by Islington’s Mayor, Cllr Rakhia Ismail, and councillors. Plus there will be festive music and entertainment from local schools and organisations to get everyone in a party mood.

Deputy Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Janet Burgess, said: “Our older residents deserve recognition for the contribution they make to our community, so this is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for everything they do.

“I am looking forward to welcoming our guests to a lovely, heart-warming event.”

The festive meal began in 2010 after the council scrapped its own party in favour of catering for the borough’s older citizens instead.

Up to 100 places are available for Islington residents aged 70 and older. To apply please call Islington Council on 0207 527 2525 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, as soon as possible and before Friday 29 November 2019.

Local businesses are being asked to support this worthwhile event by donating towards the cost of the lunch, or offering suitable raffle prizes. Any business able to help out is asked to contact the council on the number above.

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