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Lighting of the tree welcomes the beginning of the festive season

Steeped in tradition, catering for the annual ‘lighting of the tree’ on December 1 is just one event head chef Jamie Thomas-Davies, and his team at TriCare Runaway Bay Retirement Community will create delicious food for to celebrate the festive season.

The lighting of the tree was made even more memorable this year with Mr Thomas-Davies creating a special high tea to mark the occasion.

High tea was served in the dining room on a two-tiered stand with homemade Christmas fruit cakes and a selection of finger sandwiches. Freshly baked cupcakes, mini quiches and strawberries dipped in chocolate were also served,” said Mr Thomas-Davies.

High tea was followed by the ‘lighting of the tree’ evening, a long and proud tradition at TriCare Runaway Bay.

A huge Christmas tree takes pride of place in the communal lounge each year, beautifully decorated and much admired.

Village Manager, Malcolm Payne says that the lighting of the tree is one of the most popular events on TriCare Runaway Bay’s calendar and one that residents look forward to each year.

“Each year we invite residents to put a bauble on the tree and stay for the official lighting.

After making a toast to the tree, we all raised our glasses then settled in for an evening of Christmas carols,” said Mr Payne.

The small but productive kitchen team at Companions Restaurant, TriCare Runaway Bay’s on site restaurant will also be catering for the Community’s annual Christmas function for over 200 guests later in December, along with a traditional hot lunch served to residents and their families on Christmas Day.