Scores of homeless people were welcomed to Belfast City Hall on Friday for a free Christmas lunch.
The Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon was joined by a number of charities which work with the homeless, with guests including members of the Salvation Army, Simon Community, Morning Star House and east Belfast’s Methodist Mission.
Three-course lunches with all the trimmings were offered to around 80 homeless attendees, who also got Christmas presents and a sweet treat to take away, while the Salvation Army’s band provided the music.
The Lord Mayor said: “It’s important to remember that at Christmas, while we are at home with our family and friends, it’s very different for those who are alone or without a roof over their heads.
“Throughout my term in office I have worked to highlight the issues faced by what I term ‘our forgotten citizens’, people who are on the margins of our society.”
The food was provided for free by the firm Posh Nosh Ireland.