Residents turned out in force in Wetherby last Sunday to meet and greet and share friendships for the sixth annual Big Lunch.
Sandringham Park proved to be one of the biggest attractions in the national event designed to encourage people to have lunch with their neighbours once a year for a few hours.
Wetherby organiser Kazia Knight said: “This year’s event was our best yet.
“We took over Sandringham Park for a day filled with fun, food, and entertainment.
“It’s such a great event to put together and our team worked hard to make the day a success.
“Seeing people enjoying themselves and meeting new people makes the planning worthwhile.
“I would definitely recommend others getting involved next year – whether your Big Lunch is for five or 5,000 people, it’s the perfect excuse to get together with the local community. We can’t wait for next year.”
The event, bathed in sunshine and held at the award-winning Green Flag park, featured food, fun, games and children’s races.
The Big Lunch is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Eden Project.
The initiative encourages people across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year for a few hours of community, friendship, and fun.
Organisers behind the event say that the simple act of chatting to neighbours can make a real difference in communities and can help tackle isolation.
Sir Tim Smit, Co-Founder of The Big Lunch, said: “Year after year, I never fail to be impressed by the sheer number of people who get involved and take the time to hold a Big Lunch in their community.
“The Big Lunch is always a great success and the perfect excuse for people to get together.
“While on the surface, it’s a day of laughter, friendship and fun, if you look deeper than that, these get-togethers are having an enormously positive impact on communities.
“Big things come from Big Lunches and what they each have in common is they all start in the same way, with small talk.
“Roll on The Big Lunch 2015.”