Last week we shared some of our stories and ideas for The Big Lunch with our patron, HRH The Duchess of Rothesay. The excitement and enthusiasm of Scottish communities planning celebrations was clear; from the Highlands and Islands to the Borders, people are coming together with their take on having a Big Lunch.
There are certainly lots of events to be a part of over the bank holiday weekend, from parades and coronation re-enactments in Elgin; a Kilt- run and one thousand pipers parade in Perth; a dazzling ‘Diamonds and Tiaras’ street party in Edinburgh and a ‘Govan Sparkles’ street party hosted by Glasgow charity, Starter Packs. And after all this piping, kilt-running, ‘coronation-ing’, sparkling and taking in the variety of entertainment on offer throughout the country, people will have worked up the hearty appetite required to sit down together to share a Big Lunch!
The get-togethers are also set to continue throughout the summer! After working hard to develop their community garden, Cumbernauld High School are planning to host a Big Lunch with parents and the local community to celebrate their achievements. In Brechin, members of the Gardner Memorial Church are encouraging local residents to bring a picnic dish to share in the square in front of the church.
Students at Glasgow’s Strathclyde University are putting on a Big Lunch in the halls of residence gardens. They want to encourage home and International students to share food and time together. The South Indian Cultural Centre are putting on a Big Lunch to encourage the local community to come and get a flavor of the centre’s events with both South Indian and Scottish country dancing displays on offer.
First Minister, Alex Salmond, is very supportive of all the Big Lunch activity happening in Scotland. He commented, “I would encourage anyone to host a Big Lunch, particularly in this Jubilee year. The event is a great opportunity for communities to get together, making new friendships and strengthening existing ones.”
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