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Community spirit and fun on menu at Big Lunch

The Big Lunch held in Cranmore Park, Belfast
The Big Lunch held in Cranmore Park, Belfast
Chloe McCrudden relaxes at the event in Brooke Park, Londonderry
Egan Erskine and Rowan Moffet in Cranmore Park

By Staff Reporter

Around 700 communities across Northern Ireland participated in The Big Lunch 2019 at the weekend.

The event, run by the Eden Product, is UK-wide and has been running since 2009.

The initiative aims to connect people and communities across the UK, encouraging them to make positive change where they live.

The Duchess of Cornwall, who is patron of The Big Lunch, recently showed her support at The Big Lunch Togetherness event held in Co Fermanagh during her visit to Northern Ireland with her husband, Prince Charles, last month.

The royal couple joined community volunteers and schoolchildren in Lisnaskea in Co Fermanagh who enjoyed a spread of scones and cream and copious cups of tea served on long communal tables.

On average six million people meet to share food and fun every year and this year there were 1,031 Big Lunches registered in Northern Ireland alone.

The project - which is funded by the National Lottery - this year saw families gather in south Belfast's Cranmore Park as well as at Brooke Park in Londonderry.

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