Royal wedding: get set to party

PREPARATIONS are well under way in Scarborough for a bumper host of Royal Wedding celebrations.

Community groups, businesses and residents across the town are getting ready to hang out the bunting and set up the trestle tables as the big day approaches.

Various parties and events are planned to mark Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials on April 29 and it is believed that Scarborough and district has more organised celebrations planned than any other area of the country.

Matthew Joseph, the council’s community and development officer, who gave street party training sessions to local residents earlier this year, said: “We’ve had 22 different celebratory events coming forward, those are the ones which we’re aware of, so there could still be more.

“In our borough we’ve got more celebrations taking place than any other county put together as far as I’m aware.

“To say we’ve also got more than some of the big cities such as Hull, I think that’s absolutely amazing, it should be a really good day.

“The ethos is getting the bunting out and the community coming together to celebrate the Royal Wedding.”

As well as a number of private residents’ street parties taking place where roads will be closed off, there are also a number of open events for local residents and the wider community.

These include Filey Evron Centre which will be showing the Royal Wedding on a big screen; Muston Village; Eastfield Community Centre; Crossgates Community Centre; Albermarle Crescent in the green and the Sea Cadet headquarters in East Sandgate.

Sea cadets chairman Fay Roberts said: “We’ll be having a party at the unit and some of the cadets will be doing a fire gun display at the Albert pub as part of their celebrations.

“The preparations are going really well and the cadets are all looking forward to it.”

Cllr Janet Jefferson, of Castle ward tenants and residents’ association, is helping to organise the party at the hall, which will feature entertainment, a bouncy castle, craft tables, food and drink.

She said: “Preparations are going well and it’s all systems go. There has been lots of enthusiasm from people of all ages, with lots of residents offering to bake cakes and bring food.

“Everyone is looking forward to getting dressed up and having a good time.”

Cllr Jefferson, who was born on the Queen Mother’s birthday and is a confirmed Royalist, said that the street would be decorated and there would be plenty of food, thanks to some wonderful donations.

Other events which have been confirmed include a family fun day at the Ship Inn on Falsgrave, a Royal Wedding banquet at Yorkshire Coast College’s Fledglings Restaurant on April 27 and a traditional fete at the college field on April 28.

More details of the royal wedding have been released by Buckingham Palace.

Kate Middleton and her immediate family will spend the night before the wedding at the Goring Hotel in Belgravia, central London. According to press reports, Miss Middleton will stay in the Royal suite.

Prince William, second in line to the throne, will marry his fiancee at Westminster Abbey at 11am.

The carriage procession will pass along The Mall, Horse Guards Road and along Horse Guards Parade, through Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, along the south side of Parliament Square and into Broad Sanctuary.

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