Dozens celebrate community with The Big Lunch in Sidmouth

The Phillips family at The Big Lunch. Ref shs 25 17TI 4817. Picture: Terry Ife

The Phillips family at The Big Lunch. Ref shs 25 17TI 4817. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Dozens of people joined together to celebrate being a community as part of The Big Lunch in Sidmouth.

The Matthew -Witkowski family at The Big Lunch. Ref shs 25 17TI 4813. Picture: Terry Ife

The Matthew -Witkowski family at The Big Lunch. Ref shs 25 17TI 4813. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Eden Project initiative was replicated up and down the country on Saturday allowing neighbours and communities of all ages to come together and share food and drink.

Two ‘get togethers’ were held in the town, one on The Ham and the other at Blackmore Field rugby ground, as part of the nationwide event which was based on an idea developed by Brendan Cox, the husband of the late MP Jo Cox.

Robert Crick, a resident who attended the event, said: “Dozens of people went along, of all ages from newborn babies to 100-year-olds. Some had lived in Sidmouth all their lives and some had only recently moved here.

“It was very friendly and relaxed… It was a celebration of community. It was delightful.

Neighbours at The Big Lunch. Ref shs 25 17TI 4810. Picture: Terry Ife

Neighbours at The Big Lunch. Ref shs 25 17TI 4810. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant


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“We would like to carry on doing it every year in some way.”

Friends at The Big Lunch. Ref shs 25 17TI 4807. Picture: Terry Ife

Friends at The Big Lunch. Ref shs 25 17TI 4807. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Four generations of the Salter and Retter family at The Big Lunch. Ref shs 25 17TI 4804. Picture: Te

Four generations of the Salter and Retter family at The Big Lunch. Ref shs 25 17TI 4804. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Tracey Scott and Robert Crick, organisers of The Big Lunch in Sidmouth. Ref shs 25 17TI 4802. Pictur

Tracey Scott and Robert Crick, organisers of The Big Lunch in Sidmouth. Ref shs 25 17TI 4802. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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