Brechin gearing up for Big Lunch

The Big Lunch in Brechin in 2013.
The Big Lunch in Brechin in 2013.

Brechin’s Big Lunch - which was first held in 2012 to mark the Queen’s Jubilee - is returning to a royal theme for this year’s event.

On Sunday, June 12, St. Ninian’s Square will be transformed into a Big Lunch – a simple idea to get neighbours talking and feed community spirit.

This year, The Big Lunch aims to have one million participants across Scotland and Gardner Memorial Church, the local organisers, will ensure Angus will be a part of this fun day.

Coinciding with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, street parties, gala days and many different community groups across Scotland will be organising a fun day to help bring their community together.

Mr. George said: “This will be the fifth time we have held the Brechin Big Lunch and each year it seems to grow. Last year we estimated that between around 200 people came to the event.

“We thought it was a good idea for bringing the community together so we held our first one in 2012 for the Queen’s Jubilee. This was such a success we have held one each year since!

“Brechin’s Big Lunch is one of a number of community events held during the course of the year. We feel that the community spirit in Brechin is growing each year!”

Now in its eighth year, the idea from the Eden Project, made possible by the Big Lottery Fund, is the perfect recipe for having fun with your neighbours, feeding community spirit and helping to build stronger neighbourhoods.

Joining the lunch will be Derek Harper, the newly appointed Community Network Developer for the Big Lunch Programme and a native Brechiner.

Emily Watts, Country Manager for Scotland, The Big Lunch added: “What The Big Lunch does is give neighbours a reason to come together. Every year more people join in; in 2015 we had more than seven million participants UK wide, and we’re aiming for 10 million this year. We’re hoping that 10% of that number will be in Scotland.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re holding a street party, a barbecue, or a picnic in the park – people are the key ingredient. It’s all about connecting people to create stronger communities.”

For people interested in getting involved this June, free packs and event resources are available from These include invitations and posters to adapt for communities as well as lots of ideas and info to help get the ball rolling.

Look out for a ‘Royal visitor’ complete with Corgis on the day.