Hickory spreads Christmas cheer with Eskmills community lunch

Thursday December 22nd 2022


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Eskmills Venue opened its doors to welcome some of its community’s elderly and most isolated citizens for a festive celebration, provided by Hickory.

The Eskmills Venue Community lunch returned on Giving Tuesday, welcoming over 200 residents from across East Lothian for an afternoon of festive entertainment.

Bringing residents together to spread some Christmas cheer, the Eskmills Community Lunch has been a staple event for the Musselburgh venue’s calendar for over 7 years giving back to the local area.

Hickory, Scotland’s largest independent caterer, hosts its annual Community Lunch as part of Giving Tuesday, a global initiative which was set-up in 2012 to encourage people to give, collaborate and celebrate.

All guests enjoyed a Christmas afternoon with live entertainment from The Fables, a traditional three-course festive feast from Hickory and the chance to dance the afternoon away with classics from across the years thanks to Colin from Sweet Feelings Entertainment.

For this year’s Christmas meal, over 95% of the food was provided by free of charge from local suppliers including Mark Murphy, George Andersons, Campbell Prime Meats, Gilmour’s Butcher, Braehead Foods and BidFoods who helped make the magic happen.

Raffle prizes were also donated by the Hickory team and local companies including the Seabird Centre, Usher Hall, Nairns Oatcakes, Liberty Blooms Wedding and Event Flowers and enjoyleisure, providing guests with gifts to take home.

Executive Director at Hickory Brian Galbraith said: “The Eskmills Community Lunch is one of the highlights of the Hickory calendar and we were delighted to welcome everyone back. It’s a joy to give something back to the local community and we can’t wait to do it all over again!”

MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh Colin Beattie said: “It was a pleasure to join the Eskmills Community Lunch with many local organisations. This is truly a great way to bring local groups and organisations together to network in a fun atmosphere. I am pleased that Hickory has been able to resume their annual community lunch again which are hugely appreciated by all who attend. A massive thank you for Hickory for hosting the community lunch and I wish all involved the best going forward.”

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