EVERY Christmas Day for the past 25 years, Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson has served and sat down to lunch with a group of people who would have otherwise spent the holiday alone.
“It’s a wonderful and inclusive environment, no-one is turned away,” Mrs Henderson said.
“A few years ago we had someone who arrived at the door with her two sons who said: ‘I’ve come all the way from Fremantle. I heard you have a lunch’ and we said, ‘Yes, of course, come on in’.”
Although most of the guests meet for the first time at the three-course lunch, Mrs Henderson said there was always a warm festive atmosphere. “Everyone has a very happy time,” she said.
“We sing Christmas carols, chat and laugh a lot.”
Mrs Henderson said the Christmas lunch was a long-standing tradition that had evolved over the years.
“In the beginning, one of the welfare workers here used to go up and down Rokeby Road and collect the meat and vegetables from all the shops,” she said.
“Then it morphed into whoever was in the kitchen preparing all the meals for us. The Subiaco Church of Christ has been working with us for the last 15 years, so that’s wonderful.”