Sunderland celebrates Royal Wedding

People across Wearside had a royally good time as they held a host of celebrations to mark the Royal Wedding.

Sunday, 20th May 2018, 3:04 pm
Updated Sunday, 20th May 2018, 3:06 pm
The Royal Wedding street party on Padgate Road, Sunderland.

Communities came together to enjoy street parties and events as the world tuned in to watch the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor.

Around 100 people turned out to a street party on Padgate Road in Sunderland which featured face-painting, a bouncy castle and food.

The Royal Wedding street party on Padgate Road, Sunderland.

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Organiser Moy Langley, 54, a catering assistant, said it was the third street party she had held to mark royal occasions.

The grandmother of ten, said: “This is the third street party I have held.

"The first one was for the Queens Birthday and I also had one to mark William and Kate's wedding anniversary.

"I have always loved the royal family and wanted to do something for the kids in the community.

Royal Wedding street party organisers Moy and Chelsie Langley.

"It has got everybody together to be a part of the day."

Families also turned out to Arts Centre Washington for a day of musical entertainment, lunch and a chance to watch the wedding on the big screen.

Organised by the Hylton Castle Project, visitors were able to enjoy a digital exhibition of wedding photos taken at Hylton Castle and enjoy performances from Sunderland College musicians and performers from the annual ‘Gentoo Factor’ talent competition.

Sunderland City Council’s Hylton Castle Learning Officer, Pearl Saddington said: “Hylton Castle has long been used as a backdrop for wedding photos by local residents, and we’ve also heard many stories of people in the communities around Sunderland coming together for street parties to celebrate royal events.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave after their wedding service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“This inspired us to arrange some events to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding, as a chance to bring people together, to make new friends and to reminisce about past street parties and celebrations.”

The Youth Hub at Dawdon Youth and Community Centre also held a street party which saw the community enjoy refreshments, games and crafts.

Joanne Bowen, youth development manager at The Youth Hub, said: “I think it is important to keep traditions such as street parties alive as it encourages community cohesion and supports intergeneration which helps dispel negative stereotypes surrounding young people.”

Families enjoying the Royal Wedding street party.
Crowds gathered at Arts Centre Washington to watch the Royal Wedding.
Crowds watch the Royal Wedding at Arts Centre Washington.
Royal fans enjoy the day at Arts Centre Washington.
Royal Wedding party at Youth Hub at Dawdon Youth and Community Centre
Royal Wedding party at Youth Hub at Dawdon Youth and Community Centre
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an Ascot Landau carriage after their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Photo: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an Ascot Landau through Windsor following their wedding at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire