FESTIVE feasts fit for a king were laid on by schoolchildren for members of the community.

Pupils at Thornleigh Salesian College in Astley Bridge and Smithills School spread some seasonal joy by organising games and food.

Thornleigh Salesian College organised its annual Pensioners’ Party ­— a popular festive tradition ­— to which 125 guests nominated by their community, local parishes and nearby businesses were invited to.

And Smithills School invited in members of the local community.

Guests enjoyed a traditional Christmas dinner and entertainment throughout the afternoon. Christmas songs were enjoyed at both schools, with the performing art pupils wowing the guests at Smithills with their dance pieces.

There were also traditional games and a Christmas singalong.

Pupils at the Thornleigh Salesian College held bake sales and a bag packing at their local supermarket to raise money for the event and played a key role in organising the event ­— from the decorations to the games.

Mary Walsh, parishioner of St Thomas of Canterbury Church, said: “This was my first time I had been invited to the Thornleigh Pensioners party. I felt extremely privileged to have met such wonderful students who had impeccable manners and really looked after us and made us feel special.

“It is a lovely community event and fantastic to see so many staff and students involved and it has really marked the start of my Christmas. I thought the singing and entertainment was wonderful as well as an excellent Christmas dinner.

“Thank you and well done to everyone at Thornleigh for everything you have done to make such a difference to so many people in the local community at Christmas.”

Headteacher at Smithills School, Mike Sidebottom said: “I just love this festive time of year where staff, pupils and the community get together and enjoy Christmas together.”

Mrs Elliott, head of music said: “This is a Smithills tradition now, serving them a traditional Christmas dinner, singing carols and generally having a good, festive time.”