Christmas Treat

By woolybill1
A favourite institution in our town of Prudhoe in Northumberland has for a great many years been the Aged Peoples' Treat. It is sponsored by a number of local businesses and collections and run by a team of volunteers. As well as a Christmas Dinner there is entertainment, music and general jollity three afternoons in a row; it is attended by local celebrities and reported on the local telly.

With the 2014 Prudhoe Calendar in mind we were in attendance this year. While Moira took some reportage pictures of the opening speeches I set up my tripod (yes, I rescued it from the car boot and dusted it down specially for its annual outing) to take a general photograph of the entire room. Of course the town's mayor wandered across the frame, so I included him as well. The Reserved sign in the foreground was his place by right of office; next year he will be old enough to qualify by right of age. We both qualify already!

The calendar will include the colour version with all the gaudiness proper to the working men's club where the Treat is held. The mono version is specially for you!


I shall ensure a few days of Peace and Goodwill by not uploading again until Saturday Wink

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 8:26AM
A community photograph to be treasured by all concerned. Have a good one Bill.

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 8:31AM
Interesting image Bill.

What a wonderful kindness of people to organise and arrange an event like this.

Have a great XMAS and new year Bill.

ps, I currently own four tripods ranging from a standard size to small and I can't remember when I last used any of them?Smile
24 Dec 2012 8:32AM
Superb shot, very pro. A great Christmas to you and Moira,
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 8:32AM
A delightful image and they look like they are enjoying themselves. Happy Christmas to you.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 8:47AM
A wonderful image Moira, one which fills me with so much joy. A real community spirit thriving in this wonderful part of the North East. GrinGrinGrin

I hope that you, Bill and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to sit back and admire your stunning photography, you really are an inspiration.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
24 Dec 2012 9:06AM
A very thoughtful action, beautifully photographed with the use of the dusted tripod. A great mono!
Hope you both have a great time and good rest! I also wish you a very happy and peaceful New Year with lots of photographic opportunities!
24 Dec 2012 9:17AM
Great to see this Bill, and well done to you both for your involvement.
Hope there's not TOO much Water around your way, but plenty of Alcohol of course Wink
Our very best wishes to you both,

John & Julie SmileSmile
tony64 14 204 9 England
24 Dec 2012 9:18AM
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Bill Smile

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
24 Dec 2012 9:18AM
I do like the sound of your locality. It seems very caring and interactive. Something we seem to lack where I live.
All the very best to you and Moira.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
24 Dec 2012 11:32AM
I shouldn't think there's any at all reserved about this crowd after they've had a couple of sherries!! TongueGrin

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 12:00PM
What fun - we have something on a much smaller scale in our village. Happy Christmas to you and Moira! Smile
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
24 Dec 2012 1:07PM
What a fine outing for these folks, and it looks like it is done up so festively.
Bless them, every one.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
24 Dec 2012 1:17PM
This is a happy photo, Bill. I just can't help noticing the "reserved" sign on the front table though....

We've just started our day "over here", but I guess you, Moira and family will soon be into the festivities and some of the "good stuff" that comes with it. Enjoy, and have a blessed season.

frz67 8 10 32 Italy
24 Dec 2012 3:27PM
thanks Bill for the special gift!

enjoy your break!

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
24 Dec 2012 4:17PM
a fine mono MX GrinGrin
24 Dec 2012 10:00PM
Fine Work, Bill.

Wishing both you and Moira a very merry Christmas.

pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 11:21PM
A great festive image Bill, and a nice treat for the elderly, Peter..
Have a great Christmas..
25 Dec 2012 12:59AM
Bingo!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue Well deserved treat, Bill!SmileTongue
RazvanD 8 3 7 United Kingdom
25 Dec 2012 11:10AM
Merry Christmas! Thank you fot the continuous support and feedback!

Kind regards, Razvan
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
26 Dec 2012 7:16AM
I LOVE the concept of this event and of course I LOVE this capture of it, Bill.

I can't remember if you told me Prudhoe is in Northumberland but it suddenly made me go, "Hey, my grandpa was from Northumberland!" He's loooooong since passed but my nan is still around. She's Scottish and lives in Sheffield. Turned 96 on the 1st of May earlier this year.

Merry Christmas to you and Moira SmileSmile

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
26 Dec 2012 1:20PM
What a wonderful thing for these seniors. A excellent capture Bill. A very Merry Christmas to you and all the Best in 2013........Sandy
Richsr 11 91 223 England
27 Dec 2012 10:56AM
Good see these community events happening Bill, hope you enjoyed the day or three days in both capacities
Regards Richard
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
27 Dec 2012 12:34PM
merry Xmas & happy new Year
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
27 Dec 2012 3:17PM
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Bill Smile
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 9:01PM
Hi, Bill, happy festive season to you and, Moira, Luv the description and image, the mayor in the foreground looks great.
Nice one.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
Tibetan 6 3 England
28 Dec 2012 5:33PM
No wonder they are smiling lol. good blow out coming up for free, nice to see the mayor up the front, suits mono bill, happy new year, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
28 Dec 2012 11:34PM
excellent work

All the best for the new year
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
1 Jan 2013 12:22AM
that is very well composed just the right height for the decorations and the heads and that big smile.

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