MORE than 50 older people were wined and dined by the younger generation this week.

Milford Haven Youth Council's annual Christmas lunch saw pensioners sit down to enjoy a slap-up festive meal.

Held for the sixth time on Tuesday (December 4), the event costs around £550, and is paid for thanks to fundraising by youth club members.

As well as a delicious Christmas dinner, followed by a choice of two puds, diners were also treated to a Christmas quiz and raffle.

On hand to help the youngsters prepare, cook and serve the food were youth centre staff, volunteers and local PCSOs.

"It's really rewarding," said youth council member Bethany Roberts.

"You get a chance to meet and chat with older people, who you might not often do."

Among those in attendance were a group of ladies from Hakin, several of whom had attended previous years.

"It's lovely, the youngsters are so kind and the atmosphere is so nice," said one.

"You get to catch up with friends here, people you don't get to see very often."

Also tucking in was an 81-year-old man from Neyland, who moved back to the UK from Hong Kong due to problems with his pension.

With no family or friends in the area, he said the meal was a great opportunity to meet people.

"I'm really happy to see how the older people are being treated," he said.

"Pembrokeshire seems like a little oasis, unlike anywhere else I've been."

Nick Hudd said youth council members had worked hard to cover the cost of the event following a gap in funding, packing bags in a local supermarket and putting in funding bids throughout the year.

"Over the years I've seen the trust grow between the older people and the younger generation - which was the aim from the beginning."

The event is also supported by Tesco Milford Haven.