1 May 2011

The royal wedding has given an impressive boost to the number of Big Lunch events planned across the UK on the first Sunday in June.  

Organisers behind the third annual get-together for neighbours report a huge sign-up in London over the weekend, putting registrations 150% per cent ahead of the figure for the same time last year in the capital.

The Big Lunch rode the royal wave as the nation got into the spirit of street party celebrations attributing the increase in registrations at the weekend to the 'royal wedding effect'.

Lynda Bellingham, a campaign ambassador, says: "Street parties are a great way of getting people together and it's fantastic to see so many people across the UK getting together with their neighbours this weekend.

"Our research shows that 70 per cent of people taking part in a Big Lunch last year felt more positive about where they live and 95 per cent still feel closer to their neighbours a year on. The royal wedding helped to bring street party get-togethers to the forefront and now street party fever seems to have gripped the nation. People are realising how much fun these types of events can be and how positive and long lasting the effects of getting to know their neighbours are. As a result, we saw many people registering to host a Big Lunch over the royal wedding weekend with an overall increase of 62 per cent of registrations compared to this time last year."

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

People are realising how much fun these types of events can be and how positive and long lasting the effects of getting to know their neighbours are.