Community set for a right royal party

Southwick Primary School pupils Billy-Joe Lumsden and Jade Anderson play Wills and Kate as the school begins its preparations for the Royal wedding.
Southwick Primary School pupils Billy-Joe Lumsden and Jade Anderson play Wills and Kate as the school begins its preparations for the Royal wedding.
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PATRIOTIC Wearsiders are gearing up to celebrate the Royal Wedding in style.

Southwick Primary School and the surrounding community are preparing for a huge street party to mark the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

The couple will tie the knot on April 29 in London’s Westminster Abbey and Southwick Primary is among the many places which see the historic event as cause for celebration.

Pauline Walmsley, community manager at the Shakespeare Street school, said there is a real buzz of excitement among the families and everyone is looking forward to the red, white and blue party.

She said: “It is going to be a huge community event, bringing lots of our families together in celebration and everyone is really looking forward to it.

“It is going to be a traditional street party with bunting and flags and we are hoping to raise enough money to buy all the children souvenirs of the wedding day.”

She added: “Everyone will be getting dressed up either on the colour theme of red, white and blue, or the children as princes and princesses.”

Pauline said they are holding their Royal Wedding street party on the last day of term before the children break up for Easter and everyone has their fingers crossed the weather stays fine so they can hold the event outdoors.

She said: “It would be nice for the children to be able to have the party and games outdoors, but if not we will just hold it in the big hall and it will still be a brilliant day.”

The school’s parents’ group is heavily involved in organising the celebrations and Pauline says the adults are more excited about it than the children.

She said: “Even the dads have been coming up with ideas for the day and are really keen.”

Headteacher Trish Stoker said: “I think it’s a long time since we’ve had anything as exciting to actually organise and it’s really good news for the whole community.

“Something like this comes just once in so many years. We need to make sure we’re going to have a really good party so that the children, when they’re older, have something to remember.”

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