Halesowen College marked 'Big Lunch 2024' by welcoming community groups for afternoon tea.

The annual event aims to foster community spirit by sharing meals, socialising and enjoying entertainment together for a few hours.

The college's event, on Tuesday, June 4, was attended by special guest deputy lieutenant Nick Venning, who was representing the Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE.

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With a focus on promoting friendlier, safer communities, events like lunches, afternoon teas and picnics are held across the country for 'Big Lunch' each year, with attendance expected to surpass 1,000 people.

Deputy lieutenant Venning said: "A really uplifting afternoon and good to see the College engaging with such a diverse gathering of local community organisations.

"We all talk about social cohesion; and indeed this was social cohesion at its very best."

He added: "Such events also present a valuable opportunity for students to showcase their skills ....which they did in fine style.

"Well done to all involved."

Principal and chief executive of the college Jacquie Carman said: "It was a great pleasure to welcome in a diverse range of people from across our community," and added: "I would like to thank Deputy Lieutenant Nick Venning and all of those people that took time and came along to join us in the celebrations."