Manchester nanas know how to party as Big Jubilee Lunch builds community spirit

By Dean Wilkins

Jubilee celebrations should be organised by elders according to 89% of Manchester residents, a new report claimed today.

The Big Jubilee Lunch – a one-day get-together for neighbours across the UK – is encouraging communities across Greater Manchester to organise their own street parties, and the older generation are the key to a good time.

The fourth Lunch takes place this Sunday, June 3, and aims to build community spirits as 66% feel that the national event is a great way to bring people together.

Pat Royale, 72, said: “Our event is open to all ages and we’ve gone all out to celebrate the Jubilee, I’ve made a huge banner to decorate the street and we will have homemade bunting, flags and even a high tea tent.

“My advice to anyone wanting to get involved would be to plan well in advance, we’ve been sure to prepare right down to the last detail – my daughter has even made maps for each of the residents to show exactly what will be happening and where!

She added: “I think people should make the effort to ask their older neighbours for advice if they feel a little daunted with organising an event – having done this all before we know what we’re doing!”

The study also revealed that 41% feel strong bonds are formed with neighbours at street parties and that good weather (68%), food contributions (59%) and closed streets (45%) are all important to make the party a success.

ANYONE FOR BOULES: Organise your own street party to celebrate the Jubilee!

The Big Lunch is led by the Eden Project and supported by Big Lottery Fund and partners MasterCard, EDF Energy, Kingsmill and Asda.

Tim Smit KBE, Chief Executive of the Eden Project, said: “Britain has a rich heritage of organising street parties for Royal celebrations. We’re honoured to be part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, and we’re sure millions of people will break bread together on 3rd June, making this the biggest Big Lunch yet.”

For more information about how you can get involved in The Big Jubilee Lunch, including how you can organise your own street party, visit

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