CHURCHES in Bishop Auckland will come together to offer festive hospitality to people who want a little company on Christmas Day.

Under the local Fellowship of Christian Churches, all the town's churches will work together to provide a meal for anyone on their own or couples who would otherwise be along or struggling.

Local clergy, Rev John Purdy and Fr Dennis Tindall suggested the initiative four years ago to the churches, and Audrey Dinning took up the challenge to organise a team of volunteers who prepare the meal from scratch.

Each year there have been more people taking up the invitation.

This year's lunch event will be at Bishop Auckland Methodist Church, on Cockton Hill Road, opposite the hospital, from 12 noon on Christmas Day, Wednesday December 25.

If you or someone you know would benefit from the meal call 01388-607907 to book a place. There is no cost for this meal and transport will be provided as necessary.