A GARTOCHARN pensioner marked the Coronation by hosting a special lunch for his village.

James MacRae, 82, hosted a Coronation Big Lunch on Sunday in his local area to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla.

The Coronation Big Lunch, an idea by Eden Project and made possible by National Lottery, was also a chance to be part of history, boosting community spirit, helping to reduce loneliness and supporting charities and good causes.

Over 300 people attended to enjoy the sunshine as children played on a bouncy castle in the village on the banks of Loch Lomond.

The driving force James said: “These events are important because they pull a community together I feel on an occasion like a Coronation, particularly a once in 70-year Coronation, that we must have an event.”

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter: Hundreds of people attend the Big Lunch at the weekendHundreds of people attend the Big Lunch at the weekend (Image: Eden Project Communities)

Established in 2009, The Big Lunch takes place annually and encourages neighbours and communities to share food as a huge act of community spirit. This year people can also celebrate with a Big Lunch throughout Month of Community in June.

Grainne McCloskey, Scotland Regional Manager at Eden Project Communities, said: “Community spirit is at the heart of this historic occasion and it was another opportunity for people to strengthen that community spirit while enjoying the celebrations.

"We hope organisers will go on to make The Big Lunch an annual celebration of friendship, togetherness and neighbourhood.”