Cornwall celebrates the Big Jubilee Lunch
Cornish revellers joined a record number of people across the country who sat down today with their neighbours for a Big Jubilee Lunch. Organisers estimate that more than six million people took part in the annual Big Lunch community get together – this year to celebrate The Queen’s 60-year reign.
More than a thousand people came out to celebrate at a Big Jubilee Lunch organised by Harriet Wild in Wadebridge's Molesworth Street. The event featured knitted corgis, a bucking bronco ride, a hog roast and music from Fandango, a band fronted by Harriet's husband Jordan.
Harriet said: "I'm so pleased we have so many people here, it just shows that we love an occasion to get together to celebrate. We're all water-proof and a bit of drizzle doesn't make any difference really. The fact that everyone's here together celebrating is the most exciting thing for me."
Trevor Savory's Big Jubilee Lunch at Snowlands Angling Centre in Par included a hog roast and barbeque for the lunchers while local bands provided entertainment as people perused the bargains among the car-boot stalls.
Trevor said: "The Big Jubilee Lunch here today at the angling centre is brilliant. The hog roast, the barbeque and the happy faces will leave an imprint for years."
EDEN PROJECT CAFE, ST. AUSTELL
The Eden Project's cafe in St. Austell town centre was bedecked with bunting for the big day and featured a knitted Big Jubilee Lunch as well as live music from Ira Griffiths.
Ashley Van Dyck, Eden Project Cafe Manager, said: "I am thrilled to be laying on a fantastic Big Jubilee Lunch. We are really glad to be able to get involved in the community spirit of the day and have invited some local groups including the St Austell Community Kitchen (STAK) to enjoy the day and have lunch with us."
The beach at Polkerris, between Par and Fowey, was the location for Julie and Martin Starkie's Big Jubilee Lunch. Revellers tucked into a barbeque and took part in a sand sculpture competition.
Martin Starkie said: "Despite the bracing weather, people showed up with their brollies, buckets and spaces and knives and forks for the Polkerris Beach Big Jubilee Lunch."
The Big Jubilee Lunch in Lostwithiel was held in the community centre and was screening live TV coverage of national Jubilee celebrations. Lunchers were treated to cake and brought along balloons, flags and banners.
Pam Jarrett, Deputy Mayor of Lostwithiel, said: "It's been an historic day here in Lostwithiel and one which we hope will remain in people's memories for many years to come."
WATERING LANE NURSERY
The Eden Project's nursery between St. Austell and Pentewan played host to a Big Jubilee Lunch for members and friends of the People and Gardens scheme, a unique therapy and support initiative run by and for people whose lives have been affected by disability. The lunch took place in the Eden Project nursery which was festooned with bunting, balloons and flags.
Ken Radford, who manages the scheme, said: "We've had an absolutely fantastic time here at the People and Gardens Big Jubilee Lunch. Huge thanks to the Eden Project for letting us hold our royal lunch in their Watering Lane Nursery."
Colin Reid organised a Big Jubilee Lunch in Truro Cathedral, featuring a hog roast and games and activities for families, including crown-making and a bouncy castle.
Colin said: "The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is a great opportunity for us to open up Truro Cathedral as a place where people from all over the community can come together and celebrate."
Carolyn Robinson organised a Big Jubilee Lunch for residents and holiday-makers at Porthcothnan Bay near Padstow. Lunchers brought chairs and tables and were treated to a barbeque, duck race and a sandcastle competition judged by local lifeguards.
Carolyn said: "We wanted to bring the local community in Padstow together - both holidaymakers and residents alike - to celebrate this very special occasion at beautiful Porthcothan Bay."