Neighbours, friends, families and local communities across east Belfast came together to celebrate the fifth annual Big Lunch.
The Big Lunch, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Eden Project, encourages people across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year, for a few hours of community, friendship and fun. This year’s main Big Lunch date was Sunday 2 June.
Big Lunch events took place across East Belfast from small gatherings in gardens to large street parties and public events including Trinity Housing’s Big Lunch for residents at Elmgrove Manor on the Beersbridge Road.
Local organiser, Beverly McCallum said:
“It was wonderful to see so many residents enjoying themselves at our Big Lunch and, most importantly, enjoying the company of their neighbours. This is our second Big Lunch at Elmgrove Manor and we would definitely recommend it to others. It’s not just about the fun that happens on the day, but also brings people together during the planning process. The residents are already looking forward to next year’s Big Lunch already.”
Sir Tim Smit, Co-Founder of The Big Lunch, said:
“Come rain or shine, The Big Lunch is always a great success and a wonderful occasion for people to get together in the name of community spirit, for a day of laughter, friendship and fun.
After five years, it’s amazing to see so many people taking our simple idea and really making it work wonders for their communities. We’ve heard so many inspiring stories already and know they’ll be plenty more to come. Roll on The Big Lunch 2014…”
The Lottery-funded Big Lunch, supported by MasterCard, Kingsmill, Asda and Halifax is an annual event led by the Eden Project.
Inspired by this year’s Big Lunch celebrations? There’s still chance to take part as you can organise an event whenever works best for your community. Free packs including undated materials such as posters, invitations, a planner and other resources to help organise your Big Lunch are available fromwww.thebiglunch.com until the end of June 2013.