Clients, carers, and volunteers from The Happy Days Club celebrated Christmas in style with a three-course meal, entertainment, and a visit from Santa Claus himself.

The Cowdenbeath-based club support vulnerable, disabled, and elderly people and have done so for over 40 years.

They continue to go from strength to strength with record numbers attending every Friday at the Maxwell Centre.

However, they are outgrowing the centre, and with the support of Fife Council, they will be relocating to Kelty Community Centre at the end of February.

Club secretary Vicky Kinloch said: “We were delighted to host our biggest ever Christmas Party at Kelty Community Centre as this will be our new home early next year. This was an excellent opportunity for our attendees to see the facility for themselves and all what it has to offer.”

“I would also like to thank Mary Ross and her staff for an excellent meal and the Four Winds Trust for a generous grant which greatly subsidised the cost for the day. And finally, thanks must go to the staff at both the Maxwell Centre and Kelty Community Centre for all their help.”

Following the sit-down meal, they were treated to a surprise sing-along with P7 pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School. They sang some festive favourites before Santa Claus stopped by and gave out gifts and posed for photographs.

Vicky added, “It was great opportunity to build relations with one of the local schools and I sincerely thank Councillor Darren watt and headteacher Mrs Anderson for organising this lovely surprise for everyone."

Local Councillor Darren Watt attended the party, although his absence was notable upon Santa visiting. It is rumoured he was concerned he may be on the naughty list, but that is yet to be confirmed.

Cllr Darren Watt said:  “I was deeply disappointed to miss Santa Claus, but by all accounts, everyone was absolutely delighted to see him, and his visit really topped off a fantastic day.”

Cllr Watt has been a long-time supporter of the club and has been instrumental in helping them with various challenges including relocating to a new facility.

He said:  “Over the last year, there has been unprecedented demand for such an important social club, and with that has came added pressure and strain on existing facilities and the volunteers themselves.

"However, Maureen Walker from Fife Council has been excellent and has provided a lot of support and assistance and is now working alongside schools in Kelty to facilitate the club at the community centre, and we are now all excited for the big move later in the spring.”