A right royal knees up in Brentwood
Patriotic Brentwood residents have put in nine applications to Essex County Council for royal wedding parties.
The council has received more than 50 from across the county for events on April 29 – the day Prince William marries Kate Middleton.
It has also set up a Facebook page where residents can swap information about their events.
There are likely to be many more than just the nine events in Brentwood, as permission only needs to be obtained from the council for certain types of event.
One street party is being organised by the Navestock Village Society and will take place in the grounds of the village hall, Navestock Side.
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Chairman of the society, Roy Tzyak, said: “There will be lots of bunting, a barbecue, patriotic recorded music and sing songs with all the classic stuff like Land of Hope and Glory. Ticket sales are going well.”
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Children at Woodlands Junior School, Warley, will be holding their own royal wedding between two of the school’s young pupils on April 28.
Essex County Council’s Facebook page is called “Royal Wedding Street Parties in Essex” and will eventually have a definitive list of the county’s street parties.
Cllr Peter Martin, leader of the council, said: “The royal wedding is an ideal opportunity for Essex residents to show their community spirit and make the event a memorable occasion for everyone.
“We want to hear from everyone who is organising a street party in Essex, however big or small, so please join the discussion online and let us know what you have planned.”
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