Help to get into the Royal party spirit

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton

STREET party training sessions are being held in Scarborough on the run-up to the Royal Wedding.

Scarborough Council is offering practical help to anyone wishing to organise an event in their community. Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot on Friday April 29, with the day declared a public holiday.

The occasion is likely to spark a carnival atmosphere across the country, with thousands of patriotic Brits tuning into televisions and big screens. A council spokesman said the sessions aim to help people cut through red tape and form-filling in the run-up to the ceremony.

Former mayor Janet Jefferson, proud Royalist and cabinet member for tourism and culture, said: “The visit of the Queen to Scarborough last year showed the strength of support there is for the Royal Family in this borough and I’m expecting there to be a similar buzz in the run-up to the wedding of William and Kate.

“I would love to see that old-fashioned sense of community spirit alive and well in our streets, parks and open spaces and I’m delighted the council is able to offer some practical help to groups and organisations thinking about holding a party.”

The training days which will offer residents advice on how to stage their own street parties take place at 10am on Wednesday February 2 at the Town Hall in Scarborough, at 10am on Friday February 11 at the Evron Centre in Filey, and at 6pm on Wednesday February 9 at Church House in Flowergate, Whitby.

Council officers Matthew Joseph and Gemma Ryan will take people through the necessary steps and will design bespoke training manuals for the groups wanting to stage a street party. The manuals will include help dealing with things like road closures, insurance, entertainment licenses, and even information about how to recoup any costs. Mr Joseph said the sessions were already proving popular and had even attracted interest from CBS News in America.

The format of the parties is entirely down to residents’ themselves, though Mr Joseph suggests they may be similar to the street events held in the borough last year as part of the Big Lunch celebrations, which this year will take place on June 5. For information contact Matthew on 07786 621924 or Gemma on (01723) 383564.