Big Lunch to take place on June 1

For the last two years, a team from the Gardner Memorial Church team have arranged a Big Lunch in St Ninian’s Square – and this fun community event is back again this year on Sunday, June 1.

This will be the third time that the church has hosted the event. Big Lunches will be held around the same time all over Britain, but throughout Scotland, and Brechin in particular, the special theme will be the Commonwealth Games, which will be coming to Scotland at the end of July. Attendees are invited to dress up as part of the fun.

Details of this year’s community picnic are advertised on the Morph posters across the town but all folk need to do is head for St Ninian’s Square around 12.30 p.m., on June 1.

All the Brechin schools are involved, and many other groups and businesses are contributing to this highly successful get-together.

A spokesperson for the event said: “Last year we had a record turnout with lots of young families picnicking on the grass - we ran out of spaces at the four long tables.

“The whole community pulls together for this event, with the Air Cadets, school students and volunteers setting up the marquees, decorations, picnic tables and chairs before the Big Lunchers arrive.

“Hot drinks and juice, entertainment and other facilities will all be provided by the Gardner Memorial Church, just across the road from the party.

“All you need to do is bring your friends and family, pack your picnic lunch - and a bit extra to share – then come along to enjoy the music and fun laid on by lots of talented folk from Brechin and around. (But don’t forget the shades and the sun cream.)”

The Big Lunch scheme, which was an Eden Project idea, first started in 2009 and Brechin hosted their first one in 2012 for the Jubilee. Last year 3.65 million people across the UK took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for the Big Lunch.