A CHRISTMAS dinner unified both the young and old of a community.
A gathering was held at Hillside and Wymering Youth Centre in Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove, between retired people and youngsters from two schools.
Portsmouth City Council co-ordinator Maria Rose organised the meal for the second year running, which gave younger people the chance to interact with the older generation.
She said: ‘It was mainly about bringing the youth of the community together with the elderly.
‘We had a discussion prior, and found out the teenagers didn’t know how to approach the elderly, and the elderly were scared to approach the kids.’
Around 16 pensioners attended the meal, and eight teenagers helped out with the preparation.
Terry Bryant, 59, of Cheltenham Road, attended the meal and said: ‘This is my first year at the meal, and I would definitely come again.
‘The young people were pleasant and put so much effort in.
‘We all appreciate what they’ve done.’
After a Christmas meal there was also some karaoke, a raffle, and carol singing.
The young people were from King Richard School in Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove, and Springfield School, in Central Road, Drayton.