What an amazing day! We’re delighted to report that a record number of people across the country sat down on Sunday with their neighbours for a Big Lunch. We estimate that more than six million people took part in the annual Big Lunch community get together – this year also celebrating The Queen’s 60-year reign.
Big Lunches were hosted in every nook and cranny of the UK: from the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides to the Isle of Wight in Hampshire, from Hillsborough Castle in County Down to Great Yarmouth in Norfolk to Truro in Cornwall. Stories, photos and videos have been flooding in since the big day – if you haven’t sent yours yet then do! Email us using the details below.
The tens of thousands of Big Lunches took many forms, from traditional street parties to picnic lunches in back gardens or local parks. Lunches ranged in size from private gatherings of 10 people, to larger public lunches for thousands – with the largest in Greenwich hosting up to 10,000 people.
Big Jubilee Lunch Director, Peter Stewart, said: “We knew that this year’s Big Lunch was going to be extra special. It has really captured the nation’s imagination – not to say its love of a royal celebration. We have been bowled over by the response from people up and down the country who not only wanted to get together and have lunch with their neighbours, but wanted to celebrate this very special occasion in a time-honoured fashion.”
It’s not just the UK that broke out the bunting for a Big Lunch. From sunrise to sunset, people in 70 countries across the globe took part in Big Lunches to celebrate The Queen’s 60-year reign. International lunches have been held in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Islamabad, Delhi, Durban, Kathmandu, on the Polynesian island nation of Tuvalu and even in the Arctic Circle.
It was a truly inspiring to see such community spirit, despite the wet and cold weather in lots of places! We’re excited to announce that next year’s Big Lunch will take place on Sunday 2nd June 2013.