Hundreds tuck into picnics at Big Lunch event

Professor Ivan Walters with Mr Punch and friend and four-year-old Felicity Coward at the Big Lunch
Professor Ivan Walters with Mr Punch and friend and four-year-old Felicity Coward at the Big Lunch

More than 500 people of all ages tucked into picnics and watched a puppet show as they got to know each other.

A Big Lunch was held on Friday around Worden Arts And Crafts Centre at Worden Park in Leyland.

Attractions included a Punch and Judy show, story time, bouncy castle, face painting, magic shows and balloon modelling.

And people were encouraged to take along a picnic or tuck into a free picnic provided by supermarket Asda.

The Big Lunch is a national initiative aiming to build stronger and more sustainable communities, and empower local groups to organise their own events.

Progress Housing Group supported Leyland Neighbourhood Forum and the Broadfield Community Association to hold the event.

Adrianna Cooper, 11, has her face painted

Adrianna Cooper, 11, has her face painted

Sian Coulton, senior community involvement manager at Progress Housing Group, said: “The aim of the Big Lunch is very much in line with our own - encouraging residents to come together to create stronger communities.

“It is a simple idea but something which can really help to break down barriers. People are often shy about talking to their neighbours but getting together over a picnic provides a great ice breaker and we were pleased to be able to support the initiative.

“We were really pleased with the brilliant turnout especially as the weather wasn’t great, but everyone still had a fantastic afternoon and we are now looking forward to next year’s event.”

“We were really pleased with the brilliant turnout especially as the weather wasn’t great, but everyone still had a fantastic afternoon and we are now looking forward to next year’s event.”

Sian Coulton, Progress Housing Group