Veterans enjoy festive fun at the Hawkhead Centre's Christmas Party in Paisley

Posted: 13/12/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

Over 100 Scottish War Blinded members ate, drank, danced and were merry for the first of two Christmas parties at the Hawkhead Centre this week.

An amazing year for the Paisley activity hub was topped off with a jolly day of festive celebrations on Thursday, December 13.

David Martin (left) wears some Rudolph antlers, while Katrina Campbell (right) wears a Santa hat

With some members also bringing along partners, family members and carers as guests, the party began from the moment they walked through the door.

On arrival, there were photo opportunities with the Mr and Mrs Snowman picture booth, and, of course, Santa – who was very kindly played by one of our members, Willie Lamond, aged 97.

Willie Lamond sits in the Santa's Grotto dressed as Santa to welcome members

 There was a glass of fizz for the veterans as they headed into the beautifully decorated main hall, where everyone enjoyed a delicious three-course meal.

And when the feast was over, the duo Cloud Nine, from Music in Hospitals and Care, got toes tapping with a host of festive tunes, as well as a number of requests from members.

Over 100 members sit at tables in the main hall for Christmas dinner

Member Gerry was one of the first members to jump up for a whirl around the dance floor.

Gerry said: “As usual, today’s been fantastic. You’re never short of a friend here. Andy the chef did a great job with the meal, and I’ve had my wife along with me today as well. The band played my song request too. Absolutely brilliant.”

Four members and guests enjoy dancing to Christmas music

With bellies full and dancing shoes worn out, the veterans headed home after a delightful day. And the Hawkhead Centre staff were set to do it all again for more members and guests on Friday, December 14.