It might be cold outside, but Hickory’s Community Christmas lunch for the over 65s was definitely heart-warming.

Yesterday we opened our doors to over 200 residents from the local community, welcoming them in for festive entertainment and a delicious lunch provided by Hickory. We hosted this free lunch as part of Giving Tuesday, a world-wide initiative encouraging local organisations and individuals to work together to do good things in their local area.

Children from Pinkie St Peter’s and Stoneyhill schools brought lots of energy with some lively Christmas songs, and everyone was serenaded by the multi-talented Singing Butcher (Iain Hunter), whose renditions of songs by classic crooners had people up on their feet dancing and singing until home time. Various local suppliers donated gifts for goodie bags and generous raffle prizes, including Nairn’s, Brodies, The Scottish Salmon Company and The Scottish Book Trust – and East Coast FM broadcast live from the venue.

It was a real pleasure for us to give something back to the community, and all the team really enjoyed meeting such lovely and interesting people. There was lots of great chat, and lots of dancing, laughing and plenty of smiles on our guests’ faces. One lady even stopped us on her way out and said, ‘This has been the best day of my life’.

Scroll down for some images from the day. For more information on Giving Tuesday visit: