MORE than 100 people in Towyn and Kinmel Bay started Christmas early with a surprise party and a slap-up meal thanks to the goodwill of the towns' business.

In mid-November, Towyn and Kinmel Bay mayor cllr Morris Jones sent a letter to businesses in both towns asking for contributions to aid families below the breadline as part of the mayor's Food Bank appeal for Christmas.

In response, the Golden Gate Holiday Park in Towyn not only offered a donation, but agreed to host a Christmas Party for the families, along with entertainment at Jake's Bar on Saturday, November 30.

Cllr Jones, who is on the Ysgol Maes Owen Board of Governors and is originally from Stoke-on-Trent, said: " I'd like to give my heartfelt thanks go to Golden Gate Holiday Park owners the Seldon family for hosting the event and for the kind gesture to the community of Towyn and Kinmel Bay.

"I was overwhelmed and delighted by the response - and what a party it was and a hot Christmas meal was enjoyed by all."

For the occasion, the venue was decorated with balloons and lots of sparkle. On arrival everyone was greeted by the hosts, cllr Jones and the mayoress Lynne Jones and were given a welcoming drink.

Cllr Jones added: "The children eat, danced and sang their way through the afternoon thanks to a fabulous entertainment team, prises were given to talented youngsters. All the staff worked very hard helping to make sure the party was a success, at the end of the party every child went home with a gift and selection box.

"Everyone who attended had a wonderful time, and the remaining donations will go towards hampers for Christmas to families in the community."