Date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 14:30

Barbara Windsor visited the sun-drenched Eden Project today to have lunch with local children from Roselyon School, Par, Cornwall to encourage people to take part in The Big Lunch on Sunday, June 2.

Barbara was serenaded by the children with the song ‘Celebration’ by Hollywood Composer John Ashton Thomas, specially commissioned by the Da Capo Music Foundation for The Big Lunch.

She then sat down with the children to share a sumptuous lunch of squash, sandwiches, fresh fruit and cake.

Roselyon School is one of many schools and community groups across the UK that will be holding a Big Lunch on June 2. They will be welcoming people from the school and the surrounding area to share their music, including the song “Celebration”, within the beautiful school grounds.

Barbara has been an ambassador for the lottery-funded Big Lunch since 2011 when Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, asked her to become his street party champion and help to make London a friendlier and safer place.

Barbara said: “When I was asked to be an ambassador, I thought that it was a marvellous idea as it’s a chance for people to come together as one, get to know each other better and be nosey. I love being nosey and knocking on doors, because I love meeting new people.”

Sir Tim Smit, Co-founder of the Eden Project and The Big Lunch, who welcomed Barbara and the pupils to Eden, said: “Each year more and more people decide to take part in The Big Lunch for no other reason than it is enjoyable. It has sparked off many wonderful things, from neighbourhood watch groups to babysitting circles.

“It’s a pleasure to have someone like Barbara getting out there, spreading the world and helping to gather communities together. Wherever you live, in a large city or a tiny hamlet, there is still time to get involved in holding a Big Lunch in your own community.”

The Lottery funded Big Lunch is a community initiative by the Eden Project, which aims to get as many people as possible to have lunch with their neighbours on one day a year in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.

Since starting in 2009, thousands of communities have thrown their own Big Lunches and last year the Big Jubilee Lunch formed a part of the main Diamond Jubilee programme of events, where an astonishing eight and a half million people took part in events across the UK.

This year’s Big Lunch takes place on 2 June and packs including posters, invitations, a planner and other materials to help organise your Big Lunch, are available from www.thebiglunch.com.