Local residents in Newmarket on the Isle of Lewis are preparing for a Big Lunch this June, to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Big Lunch will be a traditional style British street party held outside Laxdale Hall.
One of the organisers, secretary of Laxdale Hall Association, Murdo MacLeod, said: “We are hoping to close the street outside the hall, so if the weather is bad we can retreat inside! We are linking with our local school as there are a lot of young families on the street.
“The Deputy Headmistress has been very supportive and we are currently in discussions about tying the event into history lessons, so that the children learn what has happened in the 60 years since The Queen’s coronation, before we hold the event celebrating her Diamond Jubilee.
“We are very keen to have a traditional style street party with bunting and tables on the street. It’s good to get the community together, and for morale. It’s a shame that there are so few street parties nowadays, but when I mentioned having a Big Jubilee Lunch at a community meeting a few weeks ago the reception was great. We are all looking forward to bringing the community together to celebrate our Queen’s Jubilee.”
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project, the Cornwall-based environmental, education and sustainability charity. The idea is to encourage people across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours, once a year, as a simple act of community, friendship and fun. Once people start talking to one another good things happen, neighbours start sharing resources and communities grow stronger.
Last year a record number of Big Lunches happened in Scotland, from Shetland and Dundee to Glasgow and the Borders and it is hoped that this year’s event will be even bigger.
This year’s event takes place during the celebrations for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and organisers have the option to host a Big Lunch with a royal theme.