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Nathan Carter: A chef's generosity rescued our Christmas Day after flights were cancelled

Nathan Carter

It has certainly been a Christmas with a difference for all of us this year, but I hope you've been enjoying it as best you can.

Jake and myself didn't get back to Liverpool due to the lockdown and flights being cancelled at the last minute.

We hadn't made any preparations for spending it on our own in Fermanagh, but when word got out I had three different Instagram messages from restaurants and chefs around Enniskillen saying "don't be stuck for food we'll sort you out."

We couldn't believe the amount of people who came forward with offers to look after us on Christmas Day.

I got messages saying, "Don't be on your own, there's always a meal here, the door is open for you." People are just so good. We were overwhelmed by the flood of offers.

Obviously with the times that are in it, we didn't venture out to other people's homes despite the very thoughtful invitations.

But we did take up a kind and generous offer from Glen Wheeler, who owns a restaurant called 28 Darling Street in Enniskillen.

Glen said, "I'll drop the full trimmings off to you on Christmas Eve for yourself, Jake and Karen." And, true to his word, he did…and so saved Christmas for us at the last minute.

So, I had Christmas at my home in Fermanagh with Jake and Karen, and we enjoyed an amazing dinner compliments of Glen.

Obviously, it would have been lovely to have got home to Liverpool to see all the family, but a lot of people are in the same boat this Christmas. And I'm sure there are people who were a lot worse off. So, we were counting our blessings.

It's been a tough year for all of us, but with the vaccines starting to roll out we're all looking forward to being back in a normal world in the not too distant future.

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