THE 23rd annual Christmas party for Penzance's senior citizens organised by the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay proved as popular as ever, with a number of new ideas all going down well.
For the first time, students from the Health and Social Care department at Penwith College were heavily involved with the event at St John's Hall. They set up the hall, prepared and cooked the food and also helped serve the meals for the 100 or so guests.
They were helped by members of the rotary club's community services committee who also provided all the transport on the evening.
Another innovation was the appearance of a professional entertainer in the form of Devon comedian Lee Randall.
Rotarian George Hawken said: "I thought that some of his jokes were a bit close to the knuckle but they went down an absolute storm with our guests."
Penzance mayor Phil Rendle mingled with the guests and local dance group Sparkellez also performed with its young performers being very well received.
Its performance was a thank you to the rotary club for a donation toward a trip to Disneyland.
Mr Hawken added: "The whole evening went very well. I spoke to a number of the guests and two or three of them told me it would be the only time they would get out over Christmas so it is a very worthwhile event."