Exmouth’s festive cheer on a plate!

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 November 2013

Jacquie and Alan Haywood, owners of Franklins with chef Rich Euden dressed up for their forthcoming over 65 Christmas lunch. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 8421-47-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Jacquie and Alan Haywood, owners of Franklins with chef Rich Euden dressed up for their forthcoming over 65 Christmas lunch. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 8421-47-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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A TOWN Centre restaurant and bar is offering some much-needed Christmas cheer to anyone over 65.

On Monday, December 9, at 3pm, Franklins on Exmouth’s Strand will be serving a ‘slap-up’ two-course Christmas meal for free to pensioners.

You can even bring a member of your family, a friend, or a neighbour.

It’s the first time that Alan and Jacquie Haywood – who own Franklins – have offered a free Christmas meal, and they hope it will become an annual event.

The couple had been thinking about offering the Christmas treat for a few years. This year personal circumstances brought things to a head.

“We thought there are people in Exmouth that perhaps would appreciate a bit of a get together with like-minded people, and show that somebody is thinking of them and out there in a similar position,” said Alan.

“They might make friends as well. They can bring neighbours, family. We don’t want people to be shy. We want them to come forward, come out of the house, and have a freebie on us, have a slap-up meal and a drink and a get together.

“It’s as simple as that.”

More free meals may be in the offing.

“It’s not just a one-off,” said Alan. “We hope that it will take a bit of momentum and maybe through the coming year, we can do other ones for other reasons.”

The free meal on December 9 is open to anyone over 65, first come, first served, up to 40 places. Call 01395 263086 for more details.


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