The Salvation Army has hosted its annual Christmas Dinner in Belfast for more than 30 local people who live alone.

The event went ahead despite burst pipes at the organisation’s base on the Cregagh Road.

Major Paul Wright told how businesses and members of the public had provided heaters and financial help to make sure that the event, now in its fifteenth year, could continue.

The team of volunteers on duty in the kitchen included Northern Ireland Finance Minister Sammy Wilson, who has worked at the dinner for several years.

According to Major Paul Wright, who runs the Salvation Army centre with his wife, burst pipes caused the building's central heating system to empty during the week and 200 gallons of water are frozen underneath the building.