Big Lunch is a big success

Big lunch in St Mary's Churchyard. Deputy mayoress Lucy Mallory won a toy jeep in the tombola and gave it to Jon-Paul Powers, 1. Photo by Dave Barry 112267e
Big lunch in St Mary's Churchyard. Deputy mayoress Lucy Mallory won a toy jeep in the tombola and gave it to Jon-Paul Powers, 1. Photo by Dave Barry 112267e
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SCARBOROUGH was a true beacon of community spirit yesterday thanks to a grand celebration.

Residents came together as one to host huge parties across the town marking the national Big Lunch weekend, which aims to unite people through the medium of good food and friendship.

Party in the Park. From left, committee member Linda Harper and granddaughter Rosa, Christine Mark, mayor and mayoress John and Jackie Blackburn, and community environment officer Roger Burnett. Photo by Dave Barry 112264a

Party in the Park. From left, committee member Linda Harper and granddaughter Rosa, Christine Mark, mayor and mayoress John and Jackie Blackburn, and community environment officer Roger Burnett. Photo by Dave Barry 112264a

Peasholm Park, Trafalgar Square, Prince of Wales Terrace Gardens and St Mary’s Churchyard each hosted events on the day for visitors to enjoy.

In Peasholm Park, the Big Lunch coincided with the annual Party in Peasholm Park, with tribute band Shadows Music providing the entertainment and fundraisers generating cash for next year’s centenary event.

The mood was similarly buoyant in the three other venues, with Martin Whelan, vice-chairman of the Residents and Friends of Trafalgar Square, saying the Big Lunch had been a great success.

He said: “The day has been really good for getting all of the community together.

“It is nice to see so many people come on the day and enjoy themselves.”

Scarborough mayor Cllr John Blackburn, who also engaged in the festivities, said the day brought real community cohesion.

He added: “These events bring a lot of people out which is great and credit must be given to those who helped organise it.”