THE community of St Helens united in a night of complementary dining in support of homelessness in the town.

The mayor and mayoress of the borough, Clr Joe Pearson and his wife Sylvia, joined police officers, charity workers, rough sleepers and people in supported living from 7pm on Tuesday at The Pink Pearl Indian restaurant in Earlestown.

Housing association members and councillors were also in attendance on the night with 73 people treated to a range of dishes to raise awareness for homeless support charity Teardrops.

Manager Imran Choudhury said: "No-one should be on the streets in this country at this time of the year.

"We are a small business but we feel we have some responsibilities for the society which is why we want to do what we can.

"We would like to more but we need some help from residents, businesses and local authorities to achieve this.

"We are currently supporting a number of local sports clubs and charities as well."

The restaurant is now planning to hold monthly meals at its Earle Street base and will be asking people to donate money and items of clothing which will be given to Teardrops.

The Pink Pearl will be donating a percentage of its takings to the charity too.

Teardrops founder Shauni Ward said: "It was a great atmosphere on the night and lovely to eat together.

"There was no separation from any of the different groups and the conversation was great.

"I think that the restaurant, and everyone who was there on the night, could not have represented the charity any better."