Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 09:00

More than 50 of the UK’s largest community groups, membership organisations and charities have pledged their support for The Big Jubilee Lunch taking place on Sunday 3rd June.  This is part of the celebrations for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as announced by Buckingham Palace.

Organisations, groups and charities – including the Scout Association, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, Neighbourhood Watch, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Age UK and Age Cymru – are encouraging their collective 15 million members across the UK to host Big Jubilee Lunch street celebrations.

As part of the official programme of activities for the central weekend announced by Buckingham Palace, The Big Jubilee Lunch is encouraging individuals and groups to come together to share lunch with neighbours, friends and family.  This could be a street party, or a gathering in a back garden, park or community hall.

Peter Stewart, campaigns director of the Eden Project, said today: "The support from the UK’s membership organisations, community groups and charities has been amazing.  They have issued a rallying call to their members to get involved and get together in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.

"With less than four months to go to the big day we are confident this will be the biggest Big Lunch ever with many millions more people holding street celebrations with their neighbours to celebrate The Queen's big day, to have fun and build stronger neighbourhoods.  It will soon be time to break out the bunting again!"

Age Cymru chief executive Robert Taylor OBE said: “We’re passionate about recognising the amazing contribution older people make to everyday life in their communities.  The Big Lunch offers a great opportunity to involve older people in any plans to celebrate.”

“We’re asking anyone organising a Big Lunch in Wales to make sure they invite older neighbours, friends and relatives.  After all if you’re celebrating the Jubilee what better way to find out what life was like 60 years ago – just ask someone who was there!”

Scout Association chief executive Derek Twine CBE commented: “The Scouts are excited about taking part in The Big Jubilee Lunch. It’s a great way for the fun of Scouting to be shared with a wider audience, and for our young people and the volunteers who work with them to play a really active part in their local communities throughout the UK.”

The Big Jubilee Lunch is led by the Eden Project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and partnered by MasterCard, Kingsmill and EDF Energy.