Garden theft mars Big Lunch success

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The thefts of two chimineas from gardens on the Fishburn Park estate in Whitby marred another successful Big Lunch event.

Organiser Sandra Smith told the Whitby Gazette it was “disappointing and annoying” especially for a town that is usually so crime-free.

The ornaments were taken during the night which followed last Sunday’s Big Lunch where over 60 residents joined together to enjoy food and entertainment.

Sandra said: “It was the only blot. Everyone had a great time.

“Ted, my husband and Peter Reynolds produced food from two tasty barbecues.

“Many people brought their own food, beer and wine so all helpers were kept busy.

“Our thoughts go to all our helpers who put up and take down bunting, unload and load tables and benches and provide great food.”

Keith Swales and grandson Oscar spent two hours providing musical entertainment, Jo Witney did face painting for children and Ruth Darling and Jean Chiltern ran a trash or treasure stall.

Blue Watch fire crew also turned out with the fire engine much to the delight of youngsters who were able to try the kit on, chat to the crew and have a look onboard the appliance.

It is the seventh year the event has taken place in Whitby.