Street parties aplenty as Stevenage, North Herts and Bedfordshire celebrate the royal wedding

PUBLISHED: 18:37 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:37 21 May 2018

The crowd in Hitchin's Market Place to watch the Royal Wedding on the big screen. Picture: Hitchin BID

The crowd in Hitchin's Market Place to watch the Royal Wedding on the big screen. Picture: Hitchin BID

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Millions of people all over the UK and beyond celebrated the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday – and our corner of the world was no different.

Crowds in Hitchin's Market Place to see the Royal Wedding on the big screen. Picture: Alan Millard Crowds in Hitchin's Market Place to see the Royal Wedding on the big screen. Picture: Alan Millard

In Hitchin, Market Place was chock-full of flag-waving revellers who enjoyed watching the big day on a big screen put up in front of the Corn Exchange.

Crowds in Hitchin's Market Place to see the Royal Wedding on the big screen. Picture: Alan Millard Crowds in Hitchin's Market Place to see the Royal Wedding on the big screen. Picture: Alan Millard

Hitchin BID manager Tom Hardy, whose team organised the event, said it had been wonderful to see so many people from all walks of life flock to the square.

Crowds in Hitchin's Market Place to see the Royal Wedding on the big screen. Picture: Alan Millard Crowds in Hitchin's Market Place to see the Royal Wedding on the big screen. Picture: Alan Millard

“It was brilliant and so well attended,” said Tom. “The atmosphere was incredible – with rounds of applause, waving flags, Meghan and Harry masks, deckchairs and Pimm’s.

Elodie LeCoze, Elena Whyman and Phoebe Lowe at the Lancaster street party in Hitchin. Picture: Kate Lowe Elodie LeCoze, Elena Whyman and Phoebe Lowe at the Lancaster street party in Hitchin. Picture: Kate Lowe

“It was great day that brought the Hitchin community together.”

Even the royal family themselves came to the Lancaster street party in Hitchin. Picture: Kate Lowe Even the royal family themselves came to the Lancaster street party in Hitchin. Picture: Kate Lowe

There was also a street party in Lancaster Avenue and Lancaster Road in Bearton.

Woolenwick Junior School gather to celebrate the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with invited guests including the mayor of Stevenage councillor Pam Stuart. Picture: DANNY LOO Woolenwick Junior School gather to celebrate the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with invited guests including the mayor of Stevenage councillor Pam Stuart. Picture: DANNY LOO

In Stevenage, the events celebrating the Royal Wedding included a street party at Woolenwick Junior School – attended by town mayor Pam Stuart, who cut a wedding cake as part of the event.

Woolenwick Junior School gather to celebrate the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with invited guests including the mayor of Stevenage councillor Pam Stuart. Picture: DANNY LOO Woolenwick Junior School gather to celebrate the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with invited guests including the mayor of Stevenage councillor Pam Stuart. Picture: DANNY LOO

Woolenwick head Gary Hawkins said: “I am very proud of all the children, staff, govenors and volunteers who worked incredibly hard to make this a memorable occasion. The whole community has come together.”

The Basils Road bake-off proved a great success. Picture courtesy of Hartsfield Primary School. The Basils Road bake-off proved a great success. Picture courtesy of Hartsfield Primary School.

A street party in Basils Road in the Old Town saw games of football, table tennis and a tug-of-war, as well as face painting and a bake-off competition.

Residents in Stevenage's Greydells hosted a royal wedding street party. Picture: Leanne Kingston Residents in Stevenage's Greydells hosted a royal wedding street party. Picture: Leanne Kingston

There were also street parties on the Bowling Green in the Old Town, in the town centre, at St Nicholas Play Centre and Greydells Road.

Residents of Oaktree Close in Letchworth enjoyed a Royal wedding street party on Saturday. Picture: Nichola Jagger Residents of Oaktree Close in Letchworth enjoyed a Royal wedding street party on Saturday. Picture: Nichola Jagger

In Letchworth, celebrations included a Street Meet/Party in the Park in Oaktree Close. Children were treated to a treasure hunt, face painting, an ice-cream van and a pick ‘n’ mix and plenty of savory snacks to go around.

McCarthy and Stone hosted a royal wedding tea party for residents at their new Parkland Place facility in Biggleswade. Picture: McCarthy and Stone McCarthy and Stone hosted a royal wedding tea party for residents at their new Parkland Place facility in Biggleswade. Picture: McCarthy and Stone

Partygoers also tried their hand at making a wedding dress out of toilet paper.

Biggleswade Academy celebrated the royal wedding with a tea party in the sunshine. Picture: Biggleswade Academy Biggleswade Academy celebrated the royal wedding with a tea party in the sunshine. Picture: Biggleswade Academy

Organiser Nichola Jagger said: “Our street party on Saturday was an amazing event, most of the residents attended. Earlier in the day we decorated the park with bunting and balloons and we’re already planning another one very soon.”

And across the border in Bedfordshire, there was plenty of partying too.

McCarthy and Stone’s Parkland Place retirement home in Biggleswade invited local retirees and their families to watch the special occassion, treating them to afternoon tea and a glass of fizz.

Regional sales and marketing director Stephen Rolt said: “So many of our homeowners are great supporters of the royal family, and they had a wonderful time raising a toast to the newlyweds.

“We were delighted to be joined by so many local retirees and their families.”

Elsewhere in the town, large crowds gathered at the Biggleswade Academy to celebrate the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

People basked in the Saturday sunshine at the royal wedding tea party, with live music, activities for children and fun for all the family.

There was also an after-party held at Biggleswade’s Sea Cadets.

The event had plenty for all the family, with a children’s bar, adult bar, tuck shop and barbecue.

Simon Baker’s Soul Show and Brian J songs with style provided the entertainment with live music as people danced the night away.

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