Princes Trust staff, frineds family and University of Ulster and Junior Park run Volunteers organised an enthusiastic beach clean pictured here enjoying a sweet treat ahead of the Coronation Big Lunch. The Coronation weekend includes The Coronation Big Lunch 7 May and Big Help out 8 May.


Coronation Celebrations commenced early in Northern Ireland when The Prince’s Trust Northern Ireland staff, and friends enjoyed a Coronation Big Lunch as a reward after a very enthusiastic beach clean at the weekend.

Coronation Celebrations commenced early across Northern Ireland when The Prince’s Trust Northern Ireland staff, family and friends got together with volunteers from Ulster University Jordanstown Sports Village and Jordanstown junior parkrun enjoying their Coronation Big Lunch as a reward after a very enthusiastic beach clean.


Speaking about the event, Karolyn Gaston of The Prince’s Trust, said: “The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland is proud to support HM the King’s The Big Help Out initiative and we are encouraging everyone to gift their time as an individual or as part of a group and volunteer over the Coronation Weekend and beyond! The Enterprise Team was inspired to volunteer their Sunday morning and work with other community groups to clean up the local beach and park. We finished off our fun morning’s work by enjoying a few tasty treats for The Big Lunch. We hope this early start will encourage more people across Northern Ireland to do something good in the communities where they live.”


Grainne McCloskey, Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Manager, Eden Project Communities, said: “The Prince’s Trust Northern Ireland has held the first of many Coronation Big Lunches here. The beach clean was a great way to remind everyone involved how important it is to dispose of rubbish responsibly. We would encourage everyone who is planning to host a Big Lunch in celebration of the Coronation and during the Month of Community to recycle and reduce and remove their waste after their celebratory events. There are also great opportunities to encourage your guests to go on to take part in The Big Help out on Monday 8th and beyond. We can all do a little to give back where we live and so many groups and organisations are crying out for support especially for new volunteers, seeing an increase in neighbourhood involvement will be a brilliant legacy of the Coronation weekend.”

If you’re planning to host a Big Lunch in celebration of the Coronation, register today at and receive a special letter from The King and Queen Consort commemorating your participation.

From Belfast to Ballymena, Fermanagh to Coleraine, there will be Big Lunch events happening all across Northern Ireland and you can view your nearest event on an interactive map at

The Big Lunch is an idea from Eden Project, funded by National Lottery and is the UK’s largest annual community celebration for neighbours and communities bringing millions of people together since 2009.

The Coronation Big Lunch is part of the celebrations for His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort’s Coronation Weekend host your street or community event between 6-8 May and then join in with The Big Help Out from Monday 8th May


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