Big Lunches bringing community together

Fun galore at the Fishburn Park Big Lunch in Whitby
Fun galore at the Fishburn Park Big Lunch in Whitby

More than 70 people from Whitby’s Fishburn Park got together for the eighth Railway Big Lunch recently to enjoy an excellent community event.

Organiser Sandra Smith said: “Everyone had a great time. Ted, my husband, Peter and Jenny Reynolds produced tasty food from two barbecues. Neil Rowland and Jill Hunter served drinks.”

Youngsters at the Big Lunch

Youngsters at the Big Lunch

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

Our thanks go to the Hatchwell family who put up the bunting in the rain, our neighbours who unload and load tables and benches and provide great food.”

Keith Swales kept people entertained for two hours and some of the ladies got into the spirit of things, singing along and dancing.

The star of the show was Mabel who picked up her brushes to face paint children and adults as her mother Jo Witney was away.

Irene Deane and Jean Chiltern ran a successful trash or treasure stall, making more than £70. All funds raised will go towards next year’s Railway Big Lunch.

Red Watch from Whitby Fire Station attended to give the children more information about their service.

Thanks are given to Kam at the Passage to India who sponsored printing posters and leaflets.

The Whitby Eskmouth Scout Group loaned tables, chairs and benches which were delivered by Neil’s Removals. Special thanks go to Dave Jeffery of Cleveland Terrace who continues to do all the art work.

The Eastside Community Centre held a Community Picnic Day.

Everyone paid a small charge to go towards funds for the much-needed extension to the centre.

Nick and James provided music and singing and Adam helped entertain the children.

Organiser Lisa O’Brien said: “A massive thank you goes to all our helpers, Jane Baxter and Carol Henshaw who helped with the raffle and all the others who helped with catering”.

More than £195 was raised.

The national Big Lunch was launched by the Eden Project in 2009 and thousands have takenplace in many communities involving more than five million people each year.