Christmas treats, dazzling decorations, bright outfits and plenty of festive cheer provided the perfect atmosphere for several hundred senior citizens to celebrate the annual Mayor’s Over 80s Christmas party at the Founders’ Pavilion at the Toowoomba Showgrounds today.

The event has become a popular fixture on the Toowoomba Region events calendar.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the function was a wonderful outing to celebrate the Christmas spirit across the region.

“The Mayor’s Over 80s Christmas party is one of our many rich traditions and a function that I am proud to host each year,” Mayor Antonio said.

“Our senior citizens have made valuable contributions to the community and this is a special way to show our gratitude for their efforts.

over80s1“Many seniors remain active as volunteers at Council facilities and events and also play a vital role for charity organisations across the region. These groups couldn’t carry on as successfully without their wisdom and I am especially grateful for their ongoing commitment.

“The Over 80s party is a reminder that Christmas can make us all feel young at heart. That’s the magic of Christmas.

“Dressing up, singing carols and enjoying good cheer with fellow residents is a fitting way to share the joy of the season.”

The party served as a fitting prelude to the evening’s Christmas in the CBD celebrations, featuring the lighting of City Hall followed by the lighting of Grand Central’s Christmas Tree.

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Caption: Top: Santa finds a gift for the oldest female at the Christmas party, Norma Dwyer, 99. The crowd enjoys the morning, with Mayor Antonio, MC Peter Rookas and Councillors sharing the Christmas spirit.