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Big Lunch at St David’s adds Royal purple to historic celebration

Big Lunch has extra special meaning this year
Loy Leo Photo Rock painting gets a test run by craft activities expert Ngaire Meadows in preparation for St. David’s Anglican Church Big Lunch on Sunday, May 7.

At 11:30 a.m. on May 7, the skirl of bagpipes will signal the start of St. David’s Anglican Church Coronation Big Lunch.

The Tsawwassen event will add purple to its red, white and blue decoration, figuratively joining the tens of thousands of other Coronation Big Lunches across the UK and abroad, set to bring celebratory communities together the day after His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Consort Camilla are crowned in Westminster Abbey.

The Big Lunch experience is a unique phenomenon that now has twofold significance, for its patron since 2013 – HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – is now HM The Queen Consort.

In the cul-de-sac of 51A Street, this historic occasion will be officially underway when honoured guests and program participants are piped to the platform by piper George Panagiotou of Simon Fraser University’s Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band.

Delta South MLA Ian Paton, and Delta Coun. Dylan Kruger will be introduced by MC Anthony Hanna, after which soloist Rosemary Gahr and accompanist Allen Desnoyers will lead the singing of O Canada, and God Save the King. Rev. Simbarashe Basvi will bless the food, made ready for a gathering seated at Big-Lunch-style long tables.

Barbecue, salads, desserts, and cutting of celebratory Coronation cake will proceed a program that includes, The Royal Tribute, Salutations, British folk music and, for the youngsters, face-painting and rock painting activities.

Annually, since St. David’s held its first Big Lunch in 2012, the parish has continued to embrace the Eden Project vision of community and friendship. Coming together to meet and greet over a meal can lead people to doing “far beyond anything we can ask for or imagine.”

From the singing of the anthems until the last rock is painted red, white and blue, the Coronation Big Lunch in South Delta is destined to be a day of special memory.