JANET Newman is just about ready for the biggest Christmas picnic lunch yet.

More than 200 people with chairs and rugs in tow are expected to join her at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens on Friday to feast on about 600 sausages, 18kg of ham, 24 puddings, along with salads and fruit galore.

"We may even get 300 people and we always over cater," she said.

Picnic in the Gardens, formally Picnic in the Pines and now in its eighth year, is about making sure those without family and friends close by enjoy a happy Christmas.

"There is no need to spend Christmas on your own," Janet said.

The day is sponsored by the Hervey Bay RSL, Hervey Bay Lions Club, Bayside Christian Church, the Uniting Church and the Fraser Coast Regional Council, she said.

More than 30 volunteers recruited to help out will on Friday set up the picnic area near the Urangan Community Centre and serve food.

Guests, tipped to include single parents with children and elderly people amongst others, will be able to enjoy their Christmas Day lunch-time outing under the cool shade of a marquee covered food service and dining area, Janet said.

There will also be games, festive season music and an appearance by Santa Claus bearing gifts.

While a covered dining area will be available, guests are invited to bring chairs and picnic rugs.

 

PICNIC IN THE GARDENS

When: Christmas Day, Friday, between noon and 3pm.

Where: Between the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens and the Urangan Community Centre.



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