FOR 16 years Tea Gardens local Sue Douglas has been donating her time and energy into putting on a community Christmas lunch for those who may not have family or friends nearby.
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But unfortunately, there’ll be no such lunch this year.
Traditionally, Sue was given the use of the Masonic Hall on Myall Street to cook for up to a hundred people on 25 December.
It took months of planning and gathering donations of gifts and food to ensure a great Christmas was had by all.
But Sue told News Of The Area, “The Mason’s Head Office has told me the hall won’t be made available to me this year, so that’s it, no lunch.”
Sue added, “The hall has industrial size ovens which I need and there’s no other venue in town like it.”
For Sue, the last 16 years has been a labour of love, bringing the community together on a day when many find themselves at a loss.
There’s little doubt Sue will not be the only person who’s saddened by the loss of this Christmas tradition.
By Margie TIERNEY