Brechin to see return of The Big Lunch

Last year's Big Jubilee Lunch proved so popular the organising committee have planned another one to take place on Sunday, June 2.
Last year's Big Jubilee Lunch proved so popular the organising committee have planned another one to take place on Sunday, June 2.

Last year’s Big Jubilee Lunch proved to be so popular that Gardner Memorial Church have decided to organise another, to take place this year on Sunday, June 2.

This time the nation-wide partying falls under the heading ‘The Big lunch’ and the committee have, once more, taken up the challenge of taking the church out into the community.

A spokesperson for the organising committee at Gardner Memorial Church said: ““The time lag between the Queen’s accession and the coronation meant that there are, happily, two dates to celebrate.

“When the regeneration project [at the church] is complete and the Gardner Memorial Church buildings have been made more suitable for modern needs, and are generally much more accessible, the church will take the community within its walls - not just on Sundays, but on weekdays as well.

“In the meantime, however, what better to do but to use St Ninian’s Square again.”

Arrangements for the event are taking place, invitations are being sent out and everyone is working hard to ensure the event is as happy and friendly as possible.

The timetable is the same as last year - after morning worship the lollipop man will take up his position at Southesk Street and volunteers will carry tables and chairs across the road and set them up in the Square.

As with last year the Square will be decorated with bunting, which will be set up in advance of the event.

“A cordial invitation is extended to one and all to come along with their picnic,” continued the spokesperson.

“If folk felt inclined to dress up for the event, that would add to the party atmosphere.

“Little girls might like to wear princess dresses.

“Tiaras from hen parties could get another airing.

“White gloves might be discovered somewhere at the back of the drawer.

“In short, decorations may be worn.”

The committee has been gratified already by the response they have received from the three local schools and from local businesses.

Local traders, too, have offered donations and practical support.

The Big Lunch is a Lottery-funded initiative, led by the Eden Project and supported by MasterCard, Kingsmill and Asda, encouraging neighbours to share a few hours of food, friendship and fun.

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Details of this year’s community picnic are advertised on Wallace and Gromit posters across the town but all people need to do is head for the Square, just after 12 noon, on Sunday, June 2.

Tables and chairs will be provided for picnickers and tea, coffee, juice and biscuits will be freely available in the church hall.

There will be live music and raffles.

“All-in-all it is just an old-fashioned, not too fancy, come-as-you-are day out,” concluded the spokesperson.