Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 16:00

Artistic schoolchildren from across Cornwall have been designing thrones in a bid to tempt a royal visitor to attend their Big Jubilee Lunch celebrations.

The Big Jubilee Lunch is an idea from the Eden Project aimed at encouraging as many people in the UK as possible to have lunch with their neighbours once a year.

This year it will be on Sunday, June 3, as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Eden’s education team challenged Key Stage 2 pupils across the county to design and make a throne fit for a queen and their creations are now on show at the Core education centre.

As part of the Big Jubilee Throne Project, Eden funded an artist and a designer to work with the pupils in the schools for two days, helping them to design and build their thrones.

All participating children, their families and teachers were invited to Eden to view their work recently. 

The schools that took part were: Mawgan in Pydar Community Primary School in St Mawgan, Shortlanesend Community Primary School near Truro, Foxhole Primary School, Goonhavern Primary School, Nanstallon Community Primary School near Bodmin, Lanlivery Community Primary School near Lostwithiel, Darite Primary School near Liskeard, and Grampound with Creed School.

Bran Howell, Education Coordinator at Eden, said: “All the schools and artists who took part said that they really enjoyed the project and pupils got a lot out of working with a professional artist.

“The different designs exude fun and creativity and all the thrones are fit for a queen!”

The thrones are on show at Eden until June 4.

The Big Lunch is led by the Eden Project is made possible by funders the Big Lottery Fund and partners MasterCard, EDF Energy, Kingsmill and Asda.

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