Christmas dinner delights in Bristol

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The cafeteria of Mt. Hope High School was a vibrant sea of red and green Tuesday night, as more than 100 of Bristol's seniors gathered to celebrate the holidays.

For over 17 years, Bristol's Parks and Recreation Department has been hosting a Seniors Christmas Dinner at the high school as a way to give back and say thanks, said Walter Burke, department director. Local and state politicians served up chicken, roasted potatoes carrots and stuffing, while high school students from the guitar, brass and vocal ensemble performed.

"We're very fortunate to be able to come to something like this," said Irene Head. "This is great entertainment, great people. Where else can you get this?"

This was the fifth dinner that Irene and her husband Russell, have attended. Each year when tickets go on sale for $1, they immediately reserve their seats.

"It's a great way to get together with your friends and celebrate the holidays," she said smiling.

After dinner, the seniors were served warm apple buckle topped with ice cream, made by the students.

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