Coronation Celebrations: Thousands join Big Lunch in park

THOUSANDS of people came to Page Park for a community Coronation celebration.

The Coronation Big Lunch event on Sunday May 7 was organised by the Friends of Page Park to bring families, friends and neighbours together, with people invited to bring picnics and gather in the park, with a programme of musical performances at the bandstand and stalls for those who hadn’t brought their own food.

As well as individual families, residents of several local roads gathered to hold their street parties in the park, with community groups also adding their gatherings to the mix.

The free event was funded by the Friends, supported by a £1,000 grant from South Gloucestershire Council and donations from people who attended on the day.

Friends vice-chair Steph Purser said: “It was an incredible day, and really brought family, friends and neighbours together.

“It was lovely to see so many children playing football and other games, not looking at their phones.

“For me, it was what our green spaces are all about – bringing communities together.”

The event relied on volunteers to organise, set up, steward and clear up afterwards.

Steph said: “We thank everybody who helped, especially a team from the Mormon Church who offered to help at short notice.”