SOME 90 Benarty senior citizens enjoyed Lochore Old People’s Welfare Council’s Christmas Party, held in the Institute, thanks to generous support from the business community and local organisations .

Lochore Institute’s main hall was the venue and the over 70s veterans from Lochore, Crosshill, Glencraig and Ballingry made it a very busy place as everyone sat down to an excellent Christmas dinner, served by Dave's Diner, from Cardenden.

After the meal entertainment was provided by Jackie Rea and the selection of music and songs went down well with the audience.

Welfare Council chairman, Joe Paterson, extended a warm thanks to the business people of the Benarty area and others.

He added: “We have so many generous sponsors who make it possible to run this event for our senior citizens.

“I would like to thank our main sponsor, Mr Stanley Bayne of S and M Bayne and Co, also Benarty Events Group for their magnificent donation, and the Lochore Institute management and staff for their continued support, by which they give us free use of the hall and a free toast.

“May I also say that the Benarty Community Shop donated a £100 hamper, which was raffled on the day which has helped increase our funds, and the lucky winner was Mrs O’Hare.”

Mr Paterson added: “There was another sponsor who remained anonymous, who donated £100.

“We also had sponsorship from Lochore Co-op, Kutz, Asmia or Aladdins Cave, Mario’s Takeaway, Lynn’s Shop, Stark Butcher, Images and Eclipse, we warmly thank all for their support.”

The chairman also praised the Old People’s Welfare Committee for the good work they had carried out over the year.

During the afternoon Mr Paterson proposed a toast to absent friends and went on: “This year, in particular, we have seen the loss of two long serving members of our organisation, namely Willie Clarke and Twinnie White, and their contribution will be certainly missed.”

This was followed by J Allan running a ballot for the over seventies to vote on the venue for this coming year’s Summer Drive, which is also organised by the Old People’s Welfare Council.

The three choices were Balloch, Berwick or Hawick, and after all the votes were counted the result was a convincing win for Hawick. This will take place on Tuesday July 14.