X FACTOR winner Joe McElderry has teamed up with a woman from Blyth to promote street parties, ahead of the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
The X Factor star, from South Shields, met residents on Newcastle’s Quayside to discuss what they will be bringing to the table for this year’s Big Jubilee Lunch - all in the form of a street party.
Led by the Eden Project, the aim of the Big Jubilee Lunch is to encourage neighbourhoods to come together to share lunch and a few hours of community, friendship and fun.
A record number of people in the North East are expected to get involved as part of the Diamond Jubilee Weekend celebration.
Joe said: “The Big Lunch is a fantastic way to make new friends and really connect with the people living around you.
“Everyone knows that Geordies are a friendly bunch so let’s make the most of that and get to know your neighbours even better!”
A Big Lunch can be big or small and can take place in the street, garden, park or community venue - anywhere people can get together and share lunch and conversation.
Fiona Wardlaw, a capacity building officer at Community and Volunteer Action in Blyth Valley, said: “I think people realise that they have missed out by not organising for the Royal Wedding last year.
“We are fortunate that we have got the Olympic torch coming through Seaton Valley and I think its making people a bit more patriotic.
“After all its the queen, she’s very special to us in the North East.”
The Big Lunch has produced a free starter pack, with invitations, posters and celebrity recipe ideas, all available at www.thebiglunch.com.
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