Town’s right to celebrate

Scouts royal wedding party
Scouts royal wedding party

the star attraction of Belper’s royal wedding celebrations was undoubtedly Kate Middleton herself.

Not the 29-year-old who was married to Prince William on Friday, but the slightly older version who attended a street party at Springwood Gardens!

Residents of Coxbench hall have designed and made a wedding card for the royal couple. Front Kath Morgan, Irene Flux and Dorris Anthony, back Olive Tomlinson and Ann Wilkinson.

Residents of Coxbench hall have designed and made a wedding card for the royal couple. Front Kath Morgan, Irene Flux and Dorris Anthony, back Olive Tomlinson and Ann Wilkinson.

Belper’s own Kate, who would not admit her age but conceded she is a grandmother, was at the head of the table for the bash on her street last Friday.

The party for the residents of Springwood Gardens also featured food, drink, bunting, royal paraphernalia and a variety of games to celebrate the big day.

Not far away, there was another street party. Town Mayor John Nelson was in attendance at the bash on Stanton Avenue.

Meanwhile, at Chucklebutties Play and Party Centre in Belper, youngsters and their families enjoyed an indoor street party to mark the occasion.

The party had an 1980s theme to commemorate the last big royal wedding — Prince Charles and Diana in 1981 — and children dressed in clothes from the decade, as well as some who dresses as a bride or groom.

At Chucklebutties there was face painting, party games, skittles, hook-a-duck, races and craft activities. Yards and yards of bunting adorned the centre, alongside flags and balloons.

Freshly-prepared sandwiches and cakes were also provided, while 80s music was played through the speakers.

Up at Shottle Hall, hundreds attended a royal garden party.

In Holbrook, the sports and social club held a village party. The wedding was shown on a big screen before guests tucked into picnics and a barbecue.

The afternoon was crammed full of fun activities, including a wedding crown competition, skittles, circus workshop, balloon modelling, dog agility shows, stalls, tombola, penalty shoot-outs, a bouncy castle and Punch and Judy.

A band called Metropolis entertained the crowd in the evening.

Youngsters from the Beavers at 1st Openwoodgate Scouts enjoyed a royal party before the big day. They dressed in their best clothes to play royal wedding pass the parcel and musical thrones.

Bunting was put up and food was laid on.

At Alton Manor Day Nursery, on Gregory’s Way, Belper, the children enjoyed a royal tea party.

While at Coxbench Hall residential home, residents designed and made an attractive card for William and Kate.

l Pictures by Brian Eyre and Terry Walden. Page one picture shows Hollie Davis and Grace Fuller at Shottle Hall (NBENBE110429b2).