Generosity of Montrose community praised

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The Montrose community has been praised for its generosity in helping the first Christmas Day community meal in the town.

Thoughtful volunteers organised a lunch for Christmas Day in the YMCA, Murray Street, for anyone who was alone this Christmas.

The Montrose community offered up its time and donated goods for the lunch.

The meal has been heralded a success with around 75 people turning up on December 25.

The doors of the YM opened at 11.30am and there were queues outside from 11.

Katie Baxter, who organised a similar lunch in Arbroath a few years ago, contacted Val Cooper, manager of the YM, to see if one could be put in Montrose this year and within a few weeks the idea took off.

Katie, her family and around 12 volunteers were on hand on Christmas Day.

She said: “It was amazing. It was like a well-oiled five star hotel.

“The people of Montrose really have to be thanked. They were so thoughtful. We had people donating goods from about 10am on Christmas Day.

“We had people from sheltered housing, elderly and young people joining us. One young girl came on her own and we think she may have made some new friends.

“We had about 75 people throughout the day.”

Santa Claus in Montrose also made an appearance.

As the event was so successful Katie said that she and the YM are looking to put on more community events at a few times a year in Montrose.

Already in the works is a spring tea party at Easter.