Thousands expected for jubilee lunch

THOUSANDS of people are expected to flock to Portishead Lake Grounds for a free lunch on June 3.

The event, being organised by Portishead Churches, is part of a national network of Big Lunches taking place across the country to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

A food court, comprising six marquees, will be set up at the Eastwood end of Battery Point. Each tent will have a theme ranging from filled croissants, sausage rolls and pasties to ploughman’s lunches, baked potatoes, hot dogs and burgers.

Reverend Tina Hodgett, team pilgrim at Portishead Parish Church, said: “We want to give the people of the town a gift and bring the community together in a fun way that’s accessible for everyone.”

More than 40 members of the churches’ catering team gained certificates in food hygiene last month, to ensure all the food will be prepared safely.

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Church members will also be busy baking in the run-up to the Big Lunch, making cakes on a jubilee theme. and about 5,000 slices of Great British cakes are expected to be on offer, including classics like Victoria sponge along with hundreds of fairy cakes iced red, white and blue.

Food will be served from 12.30pm until it runs out.

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Free activities will be provided during the afternoon, including a bouncy castle, face-painting, balloon-modelling, puppet show, traditional games and jubilee crafts.

Revd Hodgett added: “We want this to be a really joyful occasion, an afternoon of simple, traditional festivities, in the beautiful setting of the Lake Grounds.

“We hope people will make a day of it and to alleviate congestion, we ask them to leave their cars at home and walk wherever possible.”

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