TURKEY and all the trimmings were served up as a Haddington good cause celebrated Christmas.

Our Community Kitchen was set up with a view to tackle loneliness and social isolation by getting people round the dinner table to enjoy a home-cooked meal.

Based in Haddington Bowling Club, the group enjoyed a bumper turnout ahead of the big day.

Elaine Gale, who is behind the good cause, told the Courier that 55 people turned out to enjoy the meal and activities.

Ten volunteers were based behind the scenes to serve up leek and tattie soup, roast turkey and all the trimmings, and a chocolate orange cheesecake to finish.

Mrs Gale said: "Our volunteer Carol made each of our participants an individually wrapped mini Christmas cake.

"Our volunteers donated crackers, Santa headgear, and Haddington Primary School and The Compass School made beautiful individual Christmas cards for everyone.

"We had games like pass the parcel and a very kind person in our community donated so that everyone had a small gift under the tree on Christmas Day.

"We had an incredible team of 10 volunteers helping on the day.

"Our community helped to pay for the food, the gas and electricity through private individual donations and raffles.

"We also run raffles each day throughout December and prizes are donated by people who join us around the table and our volunteers and people in our community."

Local businesses also did what they could to help the group.

The group's founder added: "Gibsons donated a hamper basket worth £580 and raised £2,020 in the raffle sales from this for us.

"Andrew Hunter raised £360 for us in raffle sales from his event on December 16 at Haddington Bowling Club.

"The Compass School raised £500 for us with their beautiful Christmas carol singing at St Mary's Church and Haddington Farmers' Market.

"Shiva and Shanthi from Haddington Wines and Whiskies donated a glass of wine on arrival to everyone.

"Our community is amazing and we massively appreciate everyone's support.

"These amazing donations will also help towards our gas and electricity bills in the next few months, which have more than doubled.

"It's vital for us to provide a warm space, food, company and activities for people."