IT was food and fund-raising at the double at a Morpeth restaurant.
The Morpeth Lions Club Chinese Charity Banquet in Mulan, High Stanners, started just after the 2008 floods that had affected the recently opened eaterie.
In a gesture of sympathy for all those more drastically affected, owner Kevin Liu allowed two fund-raising banquets to take place which raised more than £2,000.
Last year the club was able to hold a banquet to collect funds for its many Christmas activities that cost over £4,000.
Such was the popularity of the evening that organiser Lion Simon Pringle had little difficulty in selling the tickets this year, which led to the need for a second banquet the following week.
In addition, an impressive range of raffle prizes were donated by mainly local businesses. The money raised from the raffles allowed for cheques for £250 each to be presented to Castle Morpeth Disability Association and Northumberland County Blind Association.
Mr Pringle said: “On behalf of Morpeth Lions Club I thank everyone who has been involved in these wonderful evenings — our guests for supporting us, Mulan and its staff for the excellent food and service and all the businesses who so generously donated prizes.
“The money raised will help our club provide some special extras at Christmas for many of those less fortunate in our community.”