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Dinner with Strangers

At Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, one of our core missions is to bring people together. As such, ‘Dinner with Strangers’ was held. From more than 750 applications, we chose 44 people from all over the Midlands, and all walks of life, to share a virtual dinner together, share their experiences of lockdown, and make new connections.


Taking part was a coronavirus survivor, an opera singer and a police constable, as well as individuals from across the region, including Birmingham, Warwick, Worcester and Cannock, and ages ranging from 19 up to 78.


Adjusting to life during lockdown was a keen topic of conversation. Sandra, 71 and from Dudley, told her inspiring story of surviving coronavirus, while many others shared their unique experiences of the past few months, which included volunteering, DIY haircuts and a postponed wedding.


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Uploaded on June 9, 2020