Royal Wedding Celebrations in Hitchin

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By HitchinPeople | Friday, April 29, 2011, 19:19

In March we celebrated the North Herts Council’s

encouragement of royal wedding street parties.   

Today the rain stayed and the sunshine eventually came out

to shine on the many royal wedding street parties in Hitchin. 

Coming in all shapes and sizes all the street parties had a

wonderful atmosphere with families and neighbours coming together to celebrate in

style. 

One mother of three in Lancaster Avenue, one of the biggest

street parties in Hitchin told us “My children are not used to the community coming

together like this, it makes me very happy that they have been able to experience

it the same as I did when I was little and Charles and Diana got married.” 

With face painting, bouncy castles, barbeques and a live

band all the neighbours young and old along Lancaster Avenue looked like they

were thoroughly enjoying themselves. 

Hitchin came alive with bunting and celebration today to

mark this historic wedding, captured here are some of the many scenes from around the town.  

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    Lancaster Avenue and Road team up for Hitchin’s Biggest Royal Wedding
    Street Party

    More than 500 people packed into Lancaster Avenue and Lancaster Road on
    Friday to celebrate the Royal Wedding. BBQ’s, bouncy castle, live music
    from four different bands, races and hundreds of metres of home sewn
    bunting really added to the event which saw neighbours from celebrating
    together with family and friends from 12.30pm to 8pm.

    On the morning of the party, residents were out in force decorating their
    houses - best decorated house awards were chosen by Ruth Neill who has
    lived on the street for 40 years and organised the last street party for
    Charles and Di's wedding, and she choose No 53 Lancaster Avenue and No 1
    Lancaster Road as winners. Pavements were swept and tables and chairs were
    set up all along the street, with a communal ‘hub’ where the event was
    coordinated from situated where Lancaster Road meets Lancaster Avenue.

    “The day went better than I could have possibly imagined!” said
    Rebecca Kelly, chair of the Lancaster Avenue / Road street party
    organising committee. “The idea to celebrate the Royal Wedding with a
    street party initially came back in January when I mentioned that it might
    be fun with two of my friends on the street, Marie Gill and Nathalie
    Genes. We decided to canvas the rest of the street to get the opinion of
    the residents and the response was so positive that it all kicked off from
    there. The party really wouldn’t have been such a success without the
    support of a fantastic committee comprising of like minded people from the
    street and offers of help from residents”

    Rebecca continued: “The street party turned out to be a superb way to
    celebrate such a great occasion. We were delighted that so many people
    came out and enjoyed the day, some of the neighbours on Lancaster Road
    have lived there for decades yet it was only the marriage of Prince
    William and Kate Middleton that brought them out and got them together. It
    was good to be part of the national outpouring of joy that saw all ages
    enjoying the novelty of being able to eat, chat and party on the
    street.”

    Along the road the sounds of the wedding coverage could be heard from
    televisions and radios as so many front doors were open. A communal cake
    stall, along with a sign up and share point for services to be offered /
    requested really added to the community feel as people shared drinks and
    food as they got to know those who they have lived alongside.

    There were children on scooters, waving flags and having their faces
    painted enjoying the car-cleared, traffic free street. The local bands,
    who all had some kind of connection to the street, included the Bavarian
    Bovines (a German Beer Hall band), Lost Inside, Colours of Insanity and
    Unholy Trinity.

    The Street Party committee of Lancaster Avenue and Road had organised two
    fundraising events to raise money to fund the party - A Frock Swap and
    Bring and Buy Sale with car washing. There was also a bunting making
    evening and also the local children made their own home made bunting. The
    committee kept residents informed by bi-weekly newsletters about the plans
    for the party.

    By cleric20 at 11:41 on 02/05/11

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