Estate serves up a Big Lunch

Lesley Brice, Gemma Brice with Annabel Hulme, Mike Locker and Biddy Brice
Lesley Brice, Gemma Brice with Annabel Hulme, Mike Locker and Biddy Brice

RESIDENTS from the Fishburn Park estate joined up with a million people from across the country on Sunday to have one ‘Big Lunch’.

It was organised by Sandra Smith, secretary of the Esk Terrace Residents’ Association, and there was food, entertainment and activities for the kids.

Fred Witney (7) and Janis Tions (6) at the Big Lunch at Eskdale Terrace last week

Fred Witney (7) and Janis Tions (6) at the Big Lunch at Eskdale Terrace last week

It was the third time the residents have taken part in the national scheme.

Over 70 people enjoyed a barbecue, entertainment from local band The Committee and singing from Kate Watson of Esk Terrace.

As well as playing games, Jo Witney was on hand to paint the faces of local kids and there was an attempt to create a world record for the longest bunting.

There was about 132 metres of colourful bunting adorning Esk Terrace which was measured out by Joseph Shone Hatchwell and Maeve Clenaghan.

Residents from Eskdale Terrace and the Fishburn Park/Railway estate

Residents from Eskdale Terrace and the Fishburn Park/Railway estate

Mrs Smith said: “Everyone had a wonderful time and the weather was just right, not too hot and not to cool.

“Several fellows produced wonderful tasty food from three barbecues and there was lots of other delicious food provided by everyone who came”.

“We have learned a lot from the previous two lunches and it all went very well. We had a lot of help from local firms and friends who delivered fliers to the area”.

Thanks were expressed to Kam at the Passage to India who printed posters and leaflets, Whitby Scout Group loaned tables, chairs and benches and Dave Jeffery of Cleveland Terrace did all the art work.

Elaine and Lawrence from Cleveland Terrace, members of pirate group!

Elaine and Lawrence from Cleveland Terrace, members of pirate group!

During Sunday’s festivities a tribute to scout leader Keith Brice, who died a year ago that weekend, was unveiled.

Keith spent many years involved with the Whitby Scout Group and was a leading light with the Apollo Players.

The noticeboard was made by David Claughton of Esk Terrace and Keith’s widow Biddy cut the ribbon during the Big Lunch.

A brass plaque will be installed showing his time as chair of the Esk Terrace Residents’ Association from 2004 to 2010.

The national Big Lunch was launched by the Eden Project in 2009.

Next year’s Big Lunch will be on Sunday 3 June on the weekend celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Esk Terrace hopes to host an even Bigger Lunch and hopes that there will be many more in Whitby.