VIDEO: All welcomed on Christmas Day

Almost 40 people turned up for the open community dinner at Crossfire Trust at Darkley in south Armagh on Christmas Day.

Trust director Ian Bothwell said: “We wanted to ensure that people who were on their own had a family experience.”

Community Christmas Day lunch at Darkley House, south Armagh, provided by the charity Crossfire Trust under Ian Bothwell

Community Christmas Day lunch at Darkley House, south Armagh, provided by the charity Crossfire Trust under Ian Bothwell

The organisers were among dozens of volunteers across Northern Ireland who gave up their traditional Christmas Day at home in order to lay on community dinners for people who would otherwise be on their own.

Among them were Common Grounds cafe, run by City Church in south Belfast, another by the Vineyard Church in Coleraine, The Salvation Army at Cregagh Road in east Belfast, The Gateway Club in Newry, The Community Church in Omagh and Newcastle Public Intervention for Prevention of Suicide and Self-harm group (PIPS).