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Monday, June 3, 2019 - 09:30
TV legends Dick and Dom have joined millions around the country taking part in a Big Lunch this weekend (June 1 and 2).
The multi-BAFTA winning duo, otherwise known as Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood, dropped into the Big Lunch in Wadebridge following their half-term residency at the Eden Project performing their madcap live show Dick V Dom.
The Big Lunch, Eden’s biggest outreach programme, is about millions of people getting together to share food, have fun and get to know each other better. An estimated 6 million people took part this weekend.
The Wadebridge Big Lunch took over Molesworth Street in the heart of the town with tables, chairs and bunting. Everyone was welcome to come along and strike up new conversations and get to know their neighbours.
Entertainment at the event included Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Josh Curnow, face painting, bouncy castles, circus skills and street entertainment.
After some rain in the morning, the sun came out in time for people to enjoy lunch on tables running the length of the street.
An idea from the Eden Project, supported by The National Lottery, The Big Lunch is the UK’s biggest neighbourhood celebration.
David Fowle, the organiser of the Wadebridge Big Lunch, said: "It's been great to have Dick and Dom here, there has been lots of excitement around Wadebridge. It's really nice to have a free event right in the middle of town which brings people together to sit down and have lunch and listen to some music.”
Dick and Dom said: "The Big Lunch is brilliant and so many people have come out here in Wadebridge. The best thing is we've been eating their lunch! It's a great thing to support the community, events like this bring everyone closer together. It's not just about people communicating more, it's about people helping each other out."
Peter Stewart MVO, the Eden Project's Executive Director, Outreach & Development, said: “It has been an absolutely fantastic weekend. At a time when many people feel the UK is fractured, it is reassuring to see such a strong appetite for community events.
“We recently did a survey that found 40 per cent of people don’t know their neighbours’ names. Hopefully after today there will be a few less nameless neighbourhoods in the UK as people make the most of the good weather and embrace some good old-fashioned community spirit."
The Wadebridge Big Lunch was one of many taking place in Cornwall. Others included a lunch at the St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre which featured bouncy castles, face painting and a sweet cart, as well a Charity Market and Information Centre for charities to set up stalls to raise funds and awareness for their cause.
St Petrocs held a Big Lunch at their Resource Centre in Truro today, one of a number they are holding around Cornwall. The charity invited staff, clients and residents of their properties in Truro as well as volunteers to get together as part of a Sunday afternoon tea. Food included cream teas, pasties donated from Rowe's Cornish Bakers and delicatessen goodies donated by Sainsbury's in Truro.
The Eden Project closed its doors for one day today (Sunday) to encourage people to join in and support The Big Lunch.