Neighbours, friends, families and local communities across Midlothian came together to celebrate the fifth annual Big Lunch.
The Big Lunch, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Eden Project, encourages people across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year, for a few hours of community, friendship and fun.
This year’s Big Lunch took place on Sunday, June 2.
Big Lunch events took place across Midlothian from small gatherings in gardens to large street parties and even public events with up to 400 people people attending.
Big Lunches in Midlothian included a community event in Kings Park, Dalkeith, organised by Midlothian Council Ranger Service, at which five Midlothian High School bands were showcased and played throughout the afternoon to crowds in the park.
Alan Krumholds, organiser of the Kings Park Big Lunch in Dalkeith said: “It was amazing to see so many people enjoying themselves at our Big Lunch and, most importantly, enjoying the company of people they might never have talked to before. We’ve had such a great time, not only today, but also planning the event.
“It’s fantastic to think that so many people across the UK are sitting down together at Big Lunches today. We will certainly remember our Big Lunch here for years to come.”
Sir Tim Smit, Co-Founder of The Big Lunch, said: “Come rain or shine, The Big Lunch is always a great success and a wonderful occasion for people to get together in the name of community spirit, for a day of laughter, friendship and fun.
“After five years, it’s amazing to see so many people taking our simple idea and really making it work wonders for their communities. “We’ve heard so many inspiring stories already and know they’ll be plenty more to come. Roll on The Big Lunch 2014.”