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Pensioners are in good voice as Gareth Malone and Ricky Wilson visit for special Christmas dinner

'The carol singing was certainly the most memorable I’ve been to'

04 December, 2016

Gareth Malone and Ricky Wilson at the Stapleton Tavern in Stroud Green. Picture: Suzan Moore

PENSIONERS got two stars for the price of one serving their Christmas dinners.

TV choirmaster Gareth Malone and Kaiser Chiefs frontman and former The Voice coach Ricky Wilson dished out festive grub to 40 older people at the Stapleton Tavern in Stroud Green. Naturally, the pair led the group in a carol singing session when they turned up for the surprise visit on Wednesday lunchtime.

Polly Seward, Age UK Islington’s activities manager, said: “It was a pretty great surprise for Gareth and Ricky to come down. They performed together, which was pretty special, and the carol singing was certainly the most memorable I’ve been to. They were both absolutely lovely and incredibly friendly, both stayed all afternoon, chatting, singing and enjoying Christmas dinner. We’re about getting people together, having fun, trying something new. We have an amazing team of volunteers who host our events many local older people themselves. “

She added: “Stapleton Tavern are fantastic – this is the second year they’ve supported us, they’re such lovely people and have really pulled out all the stops this year.”

Ricky sings and co-wrote a song, Paradise Street, which appears on Gareth’s new Christmas album, A Great British Christmas.

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