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GALLERY: Families shut down Dartford and Northfleet streets for Big Lunch festivities

PUBLISHED: 13:28 03 June 2013 | UPDATED: 13:42 03 June 2013

Members of the Dartford Big Lunch gather for a group photo

Members of the Dartford Big Lunch gather for a group photo

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Plate-spinning clowns, Peppa Pig and an Australian tending a sun-kissed barbecue were treats for the community at Big Lunches in Northfleet and Dartford.

The annual event, held last Sunday and designed to bring communities closer together, sees neighbours shut down streets to enjoy a day of food and festivities.

In Dartford, around 180 people gathered at Bridge School and Learning Campus, in Birdwood Road, for a seaside-themed lunch – with activities including a cake-baking competition, bouncy castles and an appearance from the local fire brigade.

Organiser, Bart Woodhouse, 38, has been running the Big Lunch since it began in 2009 and says this year was the biggest yet.

He added: “At our first event we had 40 people, which was quite a good turn-out. But since then it has grown steadily and we had about 140 people for the Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch last year.

“This time we even had the police and fire brigade turn up for kids to climb inside the cars, and of course for the mums to have their pictures taken with the crews.”

Meanwhile, in Northfleet, the party in Huntley Avenue was in full swing as kids enjoyed the antics of Matto the Clown, who could be seen juggling coconuts and spinning plates.

Jacquii Alexander-Smith, who donned a Peppa Pig outfit and judged the cake baking competition, considered the day a big success.

She added: “It was a great turn-out - the residents here don’t do anything by halves. All the cakes were wonderful and absolutely delicious.”

For more information on The Big Lunch, visit thebiglunch.com.

Look to the right of the page for our gallery link. All pictures by chaotic_house@photographer.net.

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