Seniors celebrate an early St. Patrick's Day

Call it the Luck of the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day is barely a week away, and some retirement communities aren’t waiting for March 17 to start the festivities.

As reported recently in the Milford Daily News, the Billingham Senior Center, located about 30 miles southwest of Boston, recently hosted a St. Patrick’s Day corned beef luncheon, giving area seniors a chance to celebrate a week early.

The annual event, now in its third year, is hosted and sponsored by the local police department, and attracts seniors from across town, both living at home, and from area assisted living communities and retirement communities. Police officers even came to the senior center to serve lunch.

“We do get great support at the Police Department from the seniors. We appreciate all their work for us, as far as being good citizens in Bellingham,” Stephanie Lemon, a Bellingham police officer who helped at the event, told the newspaper.

After the luncheon was served, participants took part in a raffle which gave away gift certificates to local restaurants.

The media outlet reports that many of the seniors in attendance dressed enthusiastically for the day, and came decked out in green and gold, some even wearing shamrock earrings and Irish clothing.