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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“It was great day that brought the Hitchin community together.”
There was also a street party in Lancaster Avenue and Lancaster Road in Bearton.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
Partygoers also tried their hand at making a wedding dress out of toilet paper.
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.