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Yesterday, fifty guests from The Booth Centre and The Mustard Tree made it through the snow drifts to an enjoyable meal of home cooked soup, turkey (with all the trimmings), Christmas pudding, mince pies and chocolates looking out across the frozen canal at Choice Bar and Restaurant.
And as a little surprise we had a big help from a special visitor (no not Santa)... Slade frontman and all round national treasure Noddy Holder! Noddy is a patron of the StreetSmart charity and mucked in with the staff clearing tables, serving food, signing autographs and chatting to everyone.
One homeless Polish man who was at the meal had been to see Noddy and Slade in the 1970s when they played in Poland - the first Western band to play in the Eastern Block country, and the concert was paid for by the communist government. The two men shared some fond memories of the event and had their photo taken together.
Choice Bar & Restaurant holds this dinner every two years to raise awareness of the StreetSmart charity and to help those less fortunate at a challenging time of year. A huge thank you to Jon Grieves and all the team at Choice Restaurant for organising this special event and for making it such a success.