North Wales gets ready to party for a royal occasion

Reporter:

Claire Gallagher

BUNTING, banners and balloons will be the order of the day when a community pitches together to organise a traditional street party for the Royal wedding.

Dulcie Massey, of Maes Cibyn in Abermorddu came up with the idea of the celebration having organised a street party for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in 1977.

Now the residents of the cul-de-sac and neighbouring roads will join together in a party to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, which has been declared a bank holiday.

Mrs Massey, 70, also hopes to bring a little bit of history to the event by bringing out paper plates from the 1977 party which was in Edinburgh Avenue in Caergwrle.

The residents on Maes Cibyn and nearby streets are helping to organise the event which will see about six long tables set up in the cul-de-sac.

The street will be decorated with bunting, there will be food, raffles and games for the children.

There will also be a fake church front entrance created and two of the children will play bride and groom.

Resident Lynn Prydderch, who is helping to organise the event, said: “It will be a proper tea party and there will be all sorts of things from hotdogs to salads and sweets and cakes.

“I think it’s very important because it’s history for the kids growing up around here.

“I can remember having street parties years ago.”

And Mrs Prydderch says she hopes the community spirit will make it an enjoyable day for everyone.

“People don’t talk to everyone like they did years ago so this will be nice to bring everybody together,” she said.

Residents have agreed to move their cars out of the street for the day and have sought permission from Flintshire County Council.

Families have also pitched in by splitting up a list of what is needed – from food to decorations – and have divided it up so that each family contributes a small amount.

Neighbour Mike Prydderch added: “Everyone is looking forward to it. I have lived around here for 30 years and have never had a street party.

“We are hoping for a real day of celebration and just hope the weather holds up.”
Delyth Parry of Hawarden Road said: “You always see pictures from in the past of street parties and I have always thought ‘why don’t we do it?’

“It will take a lot of organising but it will be worth it.”

Are you holding a street party for the Royal wedding on Friday, April 29?

Get in touch with Claire at the Leader on 01978 355151 or email claire.gallagher@nwn.co.uk.

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