There was a choice of alfresco lunch venues in Penarth today as the sun came out and the morning showers died away.
In Plassey Square, Penarth local families and children gathered together for “The Big Lunch ” – a Eden Project aimed at getting as many people as possible to have a communal lunch with their neighbours have lunch in what’s described as “a simple act of community, friendship and fun”.
The Eden Project is “about bringing the community together to share a public open space”. United Housing and Penarth Heights developers Crest Nicholson have helped fund the event which has been organised in association with Cogan Football Club and Tabernacle Church .
Parents say they have to keep a careful eye on youngsters on the green at Plassey Square as there are no barriers or gates to stop them running out into the road as there are in many parks in Barry. It’s hoped the Vale Council will improve the facilities under the new North Penarth scheme .
Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of communities. In 2015, 7,290,000 people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for the seventh annual Big Lunch. Depending on the weather the organisers are hop-ing for an even bigger turn out this year
The Big Lunch is not to be confused with the royal “Patron’s Lunch” aimed at celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday.
This was being celebrated this afternoon by Penarth Marina Residents Association in their local square – the scene of other local community events such as the annual Christmas carol service.
It was another occasion for a neighbourly get together and the rain held off to make it a meal to remember.