Volunteers prepare last year's Salvation Army Christmas Dinner on the Isle of Wight. Picture by Robin Crossley.
THE SALVATION Army is hoping to ensure no-one is alone on the Isle of Wight this Christmas.
It will again open its doors on Christmas Day to serve a free dinner to people who would otherwise be spending Christmas on their own — or would not be having a festive meal at all.
The traditional dinner will be served at the army headquarters in Pyle Street, Newport, from around 1pm to 4pm, and there will also be fun and festivities.
Prior to the meal, there will be a service beginning at 10.30am which everyone is welcome, whether they are stopping for a meal or not.
Corps Sergeant Major, Roy Williams, said: "We think this is what Jesus would want us to do and we are happy to do it.
"Christmas will not necessarily be a happy and joyful time for everyone due to the economic situation many are in this year.
"We would not like to think there will be people alone this Christmas, when we could offer a place of warmth, love and fellowship."
Anyone wishing to have a dinner can drop in to 72 Pyle Street or call 01983 526312.