With the backing of the Mayor Boris Johnson, we’re calling on Londoners to come forward and volunteer as a local champion for their area for The Big Lunch.
Champions will be given the task of spreading the word about the initiative in an attempt to get the most residents signing up to hold events on their patch. Last year, thousands of people took part in Big Lunches across London, with the most events taking place in the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Wandsworth.
The Mayor has already written to every borough urging them to each nominate a local Street Party Champion so some healthy competition between the boroughs is expected!
‘With the Royal Wedding, the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee just around the corner, this is a fantastic time to inject some community spirit into our streets. I would love as many people as possible to sign up to become a local champion, so that together we can make this year’s Big Lunch bigger and better.’
This is a fantastic opportunity for Londoners to do their bit by encouraging people to get involved, help their local communities and support isolated neighbours.
To find out more and to volunteer as a local champion contact Kate.email@example.com or call 0207 255 6455
Team Big Lunch in Northern Ireland took to the streets of Belfast this St Patrick’s day to rally, rouse and remind the revellers at the Belfast City festival that they had another reason to take to their streets on Sunday 5th June.
Dressed in our aptly coloured green and white t shirts (not to mention our several layers of thermal underwear); we took our various positions along the parade route and managed to reach over 3000 individuals with our message.
Boris Johnson is backing The Big Lunch once again this year and is looking for the support of every borough to make London the street party capital of the world, in preparation for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games next year.
Today he visited the Rocky Gardens Urban Growing project in Bethnal Green and revealed national treasure, Barbara Windsor as his Street Party Ambassador for London. The dynamic duo rolled up their sleeves and joined local residents at the Capital Growth growing site where they planted redcurrants, potatoes and onions for their Big Lunch this June.
The pair will be visiting a number of communities across London in the coming months to try and get as many people as possible organising Big Lunches this year.
Carry On queen and former EastEnders star Babs said:
“I come from this area and this is a great example of getting people together. Years ago you would all be family and you knew everyone in your street – we’ve got to get that back.”
“I go back such a long way I can remember people having street parties but now it’s all been lost. London has always been known as a friendly city – what’s happened to us? I love London with a passion but where’s the warmth?”
Boris Johnson has written to every London Borough urging them to support The Big Lunch and to cut the red tape for road closures. We hope to see a record number of events taking place in London this year!