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Big Lunch brings friends and neighbours together in sunny New Addington

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Friends and neighbours came together in the sunshine on June 2,at New Addington's first Big Lunch celebration. 
Amongst the 200 people showing their support on Central Parade were the new  Mayor of Croydon, Yvette Hopley, Leader of the Council, Councillor Mike Fisher  and local MP Gavin Barsdale.
The Mayor mingled with people and stallholders in the Market Square and  had her picture taken with Peppa Pig.
 The talented pupils of Fairchilde's Primary School  danced and sang  and there was an impressive display of martial arts from  Shikata Kai Karate Kids Club.
There was plenty to keep the kids amused with face-painting, quad bike rides, a bouncy castle and  sumo-wrestling.
Katrina Taylor, 36, of King Henry's Drive ran a cake and biscuit decorating stall that was popular with children of all ages.
The mum of two said: "Everyone was nice and  very polite. It  was nice seeing so many enjoying themselves."
New Addington's Fire Fighters  offered rides aboard  their fire engine and there were  tents and  stalls promoting a number of local causes,including Excalibar Unit, which supports Help For Heroes and local cancer charity the Brenda Kirby Cancer Centre. 
Neal O' Gorman,  of St. John's ambulance praised the positive atmosphere.
 He said:"I  was there giving First Aid cover and teaching CPR to the kids and had a great time. All the kids were great, well behaved and respectful." 
Tony Pearson , Councillor for New Addington Ward, who lives in Queen Elizabeth Drive  said:"Today, we did what we do best, get together as a Community and have fun.  
"I am very proud to have been a part of a really excellent Community event." 
Beverley Newbury, of Grenville Road,  organised this year's event with friends Joanne Quarrington and Kelly Carey. 
Beverley, 34,  said: " I can't believe the amount of people who came out to have loads of fun and to support us. 
"Thank you to everyone who helped out. I am  now planning 2014's Big Lunch "

Big Lunch brings friends and neighbours together in sunny New Addington


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