MORE than 50 veterans from Weymouth and Portland attended an annual Christmas celebration hosted by the borough’s mayor.

Cllr Christine James hosted the event at Weymouth Rafa club on December 9 where the veterans were treated to Christmas Cake, mince pies and a special festive message from the Mayor.

Local bakers the Dorset Cake Company donated the cakes and the mince pies for the borough’s annual December Veteran’s Rendezvous.

Cllr Christine James thanked the veterans for attending the event, and wished them a happy Christmas.

She said: "I thoroughly enjoy spending time with our veterans and I'm delighted to have the opportunity to represent the borough at this festive time of the year.

"I'd like to thank all of our veterans for their wonderful support at Weymouth's Armed Forces Day Celebrations and a number of borough memorial events throughout the year.

"I would also like to express my gratitude to Dorset Cake Co. for supplying the Christmas delights for the veterans' once again this year, recognising over 20 years of support."

Shaun Walden, company Secretary for Dorset Cake Co. said: "We are proud to be supplying our veterans' with Christmas treats fresh from our local bakery. Dorset Cake Co. are proud to support the veterans' in any way we can."

The 2016 Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Day Celebrations will take place between Saturday 18 and Friday 24 June.