Big Lunch, big success!

A record number of neighbours across the UK joined together for the 2013 Big Lunch. Residents of Portstewart sat down to lunch with neighbours marking the fifth year of The Big Lunch.'Pictured: Rory from Halifax, Ballymena, Alison Torrens, Sheila Palmer of ASDA Coleraine and Gemma Scullion from Halifax, Ballymena. Picture By: Aidan O'Reilly / Pacemaker Press
A record number of neighbours across the UK joined together for the 2013 Big Lunch. Residents of Portstewart sat down to lunch with neighbours marking the fifth year of The Big Lunch.'Pictured: Rory from Halifax, Ballymena, Alison Torrens, Sheila Palmer of ASDA Coleraine and Gemma Scullion from Halifax, Ballymena. Picture By: Aidan O'Reilly / Pacemaker Press
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Neighbours, friends, families and local communities in the borough came together to celebrate the fifth annual Big Lunch last week.

The Big Lunch, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Eden Project, encourages people across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year, for a few hours of community, friendship and fun.

Events took place at Ballysally Community Centre and at Ardmore Drive in Portstewart.

Portstewart organiser, Alison Torrens explained: “The Big Lunch was a simple but clever way to bring all the generations together.

“The children and elderly residents got to know each other better, sharing local stories and songs, and discovering the wealth of talent on our doorstep. It all helped to create a feel good atmosphere on our street.

“It has had a profoundly positive effect on the whole street, and we not only know who our neighbours are, but have since supported each other in times of loss.”

Inspired by The Big Lunch celebrations? Visit www.thebiglunch.com