East Lancashire celebrates royal wedding

WEDDING Kate Middleton and Prince William are married by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey

CELEBRATION: Street party at the Central Gospel Mission, Goitside, in Nelson

KISS Kate Middleton and Prince William

CEREMONY Kate Middleton and Prince William

DRESS Kate Middleton in the church

First published in Mellor

Prince William and Kate Middleton are now married - and East Lancashire's street party celebrations are well underway.

The couple, who will one day be king and queen, are now HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

Across East Lancashire, there are 61 official street parties where road closure orders have been obtained by residents.

More than 700 people tucked into sausages, burgers, pizza and ice cream at the party in Church Lane, Mellor.

The beginning of the event was signalled by the ringing of the church bells and it was officially opened by the Mellor Rose Queen, Eve Summersgill at 2pm.

Graham Tipper, from the street party committee, said: "It has been a tremendous day so far and everyone is really enjoying themselves.

"The party atmosphere is fantastic."

Raynor Pepper, organiser of a party in Lindsay Park, Worsthorne, said: “It’s been a bit stressful, you don’t realise everything that goes in to organising a street party.

“It was well worth it though, we had around 150 people attend and we had a sack race, lads and dads football, karaoke, egg and spoon race, bingo and even dads dancing.

“It has been a bit windy but we managed to get through it, there has been a real community spirit."

Around New Bank Road, Blackburn, hundreds of people are attending a street party organised by members of the Muslim community with magic shows, children’s games, a live rock band, as well as food, bunting - and community leaders in stocks.

Catherine Murphy, who owns Bacup Hub off Burnley Road, let the Bacup Community Association use the building for a free knees-up, and declared it a big success.

Around 60 people attended, with many watching the ceremony on two big screens and projecters inside and outside the hall.

Catherine said: "There was a sweetie hunt for the children and a very good buffet put on by the association chairman Dave East.

"There was a real jovial atmosphere, with people as pleased to have a day off work as they were patriotic.

"The high point was when everyone cheered at the kiss."

More than 60 residents tucked into vol-au-vents and salmon sandwiches at a get-together in Abbeyfields and Abbots Croft, Whalley.

Residents gathered under a marquee with tables brimming with sweet treats including cakes and trifles.

Gill Taylor, said: "It's been a bit blustery but everybody is having a lovely time.

"The road is closed so the children have taken the opportunity to ride around on their bikes.

"They are having loads of fun and it has been great for the new residents as welll as they have got to know loads more people."

Luke Hamleton, 32, and his partner Nicola Owen, 28, organised a street party in Witton Street, Brierfield.

Luke said: "Getting ready for the party has been a long process but one that has been very worth it.

"It's been great to get all the neighbours together as we often don't say more than a fleeting hello.

"I remembered the Jubliee and we wanted to create some of our own magic."

Jacqueline Cronshaw, 42, of Garfield Street, Accrington, said their small terraced street had been transformed into a sea of colour.

Along with bunting and flags, the party saw guests arrive kitted out in Union Jack and princess costumes, which were completed with the party’s face painting activities.

She said: “Today has been really exciting for the children and the street has been filled with people. It’s not just the neighbours because all the extended families have come too.

“We have got going with really traditional games for the children like pass the parcel and egg and spoon races.

"We’ve had a great barbecue on as well as a buffet and everyone is smiling and having a ball”.

The royal wedding began just after 11am in front of a congregation of 1,900 at Westminster Abbey and a potential global television audience of up to two billion.

Miss Middleton, resplendent in an ivory gown with lace applique floral detail designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, arrived at the abbey on time.

Her bridal flowers contained a tribute to her husband-to-be - her bouquet included sweet William.

Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers flocked to the processional route from the abbey to Buckingham Palace, ready to catch a glimpse of the happy couple.

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10:17am Fri 29 Apr 11

Local Degenerate says...

I Have Not Been Invited To Any Of These Street Party's And Have Taken This Badly, I Am Quite Frankly Irate At People's Un-Christian Stance Towards Me And My Family I Have Decided To Mark The Occasion The Only Way I Know How- By Burning Tyres All Day And Stealing Trolleys From Supermarkets, Thankyou Very Much
I Have Not Been Invited To Any Of These Street Party's And Have Taken This Badly, I Am Quite Frankly Irate At People's Un-Christian Stance Towards Me And My Family I Have Decided To Mark The Occasion The Only Way I Know How- By Burning Tyres All Day And Stealing Trolleys From Supermarkets, Thankyou Very Much Local Degenerate
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10:25am Fri 29 Apr 11

burner says...

Don't forget the tradition of Dragging The Sofa Out On The Front !
Don't forget the tradition of Dragging The Sofa Out On The Front ! burner
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10:45am Fri 29 Apr 11

Local Degenerate says...

burner wrote:
Don't forget the tradition of Dragging The Sofa Out On The Front !
I Won't!
Trust Me The Mood Im In I Might Just Put My Ordinary Rubbish In The Recycling!
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: Don't forget the tradition of Dragging The Sofa Out On The Front ![/p][/quote]I Won't! Trust Me The Mood Im In I Might Just Put My Ordinary Rubbish In The Recycling! Local Degenerate
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10:45am Fri 29 Apr 11

shytalk says...

I just find it obscene that so much tax payers money is being spent on such a lavish do when we have the highest rate of child poverty in europe.
I just find it obscene that so much tax payers money is being spent on such a lavish do when we have the highest rate of child poverty in europe. shytalk
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11:02am Fri 29 Apr 11

time.team says...

Whatever your problems may be, you will always find that there’s always somebody in a worst state than yourself.
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The ‘New Labour’ brigade for instance. They really must be feeling rather let down after not being invited to the royal wedding celebrations. But perhaps the reason is because of the royalty military connections and the lives lost because of New Labour perhaps?
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Chin up Jack, you’ve gotten away with the Iraq war disaster so far so just pretend your not boverd!
Whatever your problems may be, you will always find that there’s always somebody in a worst state than yourself. - The ‘New Labour’ brigade for instance. They really must be feeling rather let down after not being invited to the royal wedding celebrations. But perhaps the reason is because of the royalty military connections and the lives lost because of New Labour perhaps? - Chin up Jack, you’ve gotten away with the Iraq war disaster so far so just pretend your not boverd! time.team
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1:52pm Fri 29 Apr 11

Lifeinthemix says...

that said, as far as two people coming together in marraige, it was a good gig, but this is a clear attempt by the house of Saxa Cobourg Gotha to keep them as the family sitting as our monarchy, the loverly couple are thus a more pleasing front for their misdeeds, yet there greatest misdeed is yet to go live....world war for our children to fight, and we older ones to suffer in poverty......
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I say place a new constitution on the throne and keep the structure in place.....
that said, as far as two people coming together in marraige, it was a good gig, but this is a clear attempt by the house of Saxa Cobourg Gotha to keep them as the family sitting as our monarchy, the loverly couple are thus a more pleasing front for their misdeeds, yet there greatest misdeed is yet to go live....world war for our children to fight, and we older ones to suffer in poverty...... . I say place a new constitution on the throne and keep the structure in place..... Lifeinthemix
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2:13pm Fri 29 Apr 11

Graham Hartley says...

Cerebration is better than celebration.
Cerebration is better than celebration. Graham Hartley
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2:19pm Fri 29 Apr 11

Local Degenerate says...

Graham-
In What Context Are You Using That Statement?
Please Discuss!
Graham- In What Context Are You Using That Statement? Please Discuss! Local Degenerate
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2:22pm Fri 29 Apr 11

Graham Hartley says...

Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha in German, Lifey - with interesting angrams too insulting to show here
Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha in German, Lifey - with interesting angrams too insulting to show here Graham Hartley
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2:26pm Fri 29 Apr 11

Lifeinthemix says...

indeed....
indeed.... Lifeinthemix
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2:34pm Fri 29 Apr 11

Graham Hartley says...

"The couple, who will one day be king and queen, are now HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the ceremony at Westminster Abbey."
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No: they are now TRH - Their Royal Highnesses and it is not certain that they will become king and queen. Given the longevity of Charles' parents, the first-in-line seems likely to wait a while before his reign. Catherine and William may suffer some mishap along the way - consider the history - or they may not, but we don't know.
"The couple, who will one day be king and queen, are now HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the ceremony at Westminster Abbey." . No: they are now TRH - Their Royal Highnesses and it is not certain that they will become king and queen. Given the longevity of Charles' parents, the first-in-line seems likely to wait a while before his reign. Catherine and William may suffer some mishap along the way - consider the history - or they may not, but we don't know. Graham Hartley
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2:36pm Fri 29 Apr 11

burner says...

Graham Hartley wrote:
Cerebration is better than celebration.
Thought it was a Chinese wise saying.
[quote][p][bold]Graham Hartley[/bold] wrote: Cerebration is better than celebration.[/p][/quote]Thought it was a Chinese wise saying. burner
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3:07pm Fri 29 Apr 11

Graham Hartley says...

burner wrote:
Graham Hartley wrote:
Cerebration is better than celebration.
Thought it was a Chinese wise saying.
Your sense of humour is more opportunistic than mine. I meant that thinking is better than the unthinking celebration of this costly wedding - also better to enjoy the holiday for other reasons.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Graham Hartley[/bold] wrote: Cerebration is better than celebration.[/p][/quote]Thought it was a Chinese wise saying.[/p][/quote]Your sense of humour is more opportunistic than mine. I meant that thinking is better than the unthinking celebration of this costly wedding - also better to enjoy the holiday for other reasons. Graham Hartley
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3:49pm Fri 29 Apr 11

burner says...

Took brains to work that out, well done.
Took brains to work that out, well done. burner
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6:31pm Fri 29 Apr 11

Local Degenerate says...

Bedsitter people
Look back and lament
Another day's useless
penny is spent
Bedsitter people Look back and lament Another day's useless penny is spent Local Degenerate
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6:58pm Fri 29 Apr 11

Temporarily overseas says...

It's much better for the British government to spend money on the wedding and benefit with tourist dollars than spend the money on 'I've got a bad back' benefit scroungers.
It's much better for the British government to spend money on the wedding and benefit with tourist dollars than spend the money on 'I've got a bad back' benefit scroungers. Temporarily overseas
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9:58pm Fri 29 Apr 11

Lifeinthemix says...

well I have just caught a massive fireworks display off the arndale centre...bigger than the one we get a christmas with about 40 people watching it......
well I have just caught a massive fireworks display off the arndale centre...bigger than the one we get a christmas with about 40 people watching it...... Lifeinthemix
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11:46pm Fri 29 Apr 11

Eddy2010 says...

I think the poll should have read "Will you be watching the royal wedding today or has your boss/company made you work till after 1 o clock and miss it all,despite the fact that none of the management were at work?"
I think the poll should have read "Will you be watching the royal wedding today or has your boss/company made you work till after 1 o clock and miss it all,despite the fact that none of the management were at work?" Eddy2010
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12:08am Sat 30 Apr 11

useyourhead says...

Cartwheeling clergy was the highlight for me, funniest and most honest and spontaneous bit of joy I ever saw haha.
Cartwheeling clergy was the highlight for me, funniest and most honest and spontaneous bit of joy I ever saw haha. useyourhead
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12:31am Sat 30 Apr 11

ex fusilier says...

shytalk wrote:
I just find it obscene that so much tax payers money is being spent on such a lavish do when we have the highest rate of child poverty in europe.
if we have the highest rate of child poverty in europe as shytalk points out, i think that in many cases but not all it is down to lazy work shy parents who have never done a days work in their lives and spend the child benefits on beer and fags.if there is one thing that this country of ours does better than any other in the world it's pomp and pageantry.so to hell with the cost and let's show a bit of pride and patriotism. i watched the wedding and just for a few hours i felt proud to be british again.
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: I just find it obscene that so much tax payers money is being spent on such a lavish do when we have the highest rate of child poverty in europe.[/p][/quote]if we have the highest rate of child poverty in europe as shytalk points out, i think that in many cases but not all it is down to lazy work shy parents who have never done a days work in their lives and spend the child benefits on beer and fags.if there is one thing that this country of ours does better than any other in the world it's pomp and pageantry.so to hell with the cost and let's show a bit of pride and patriotism. i watched the wedding and just for a few hours i felt proud to be british again. ex fusilier
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4:20am Sat 30 Apr 11

Babbar Divino says...

ex fusilier wrote:
shytalk wrote:
I just find it obscene that so much tax payers money is being spent on such a lavish do when we have the highest rate of child poverty in europe.
if we have the highest rate of child poverty in europe as shytalk points out, i think that in many cases but not all it is down to lazy work shy parents who have never done a days work in their lives and spend the child benefits on beer and fags.if there is one thing that this country of ours does better than any other in the world it's pomp and pageantry.so to hell with the cost and let's show a bit of pride and patriotism. i watched the wedding and just for a few hours i felt proud to be british again.
Hear Hear
[quote][p][bold]ex fusilier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: I just find it obscene that so much tax payers money is being spent on such a lavish do when we have the highest rate of child poverty in europe.[/p][/quote]if we have the highest rate of child poverty in europe as shytalk points out, i think that in many cases but not all it is down to lazy work shy parents who have never done a days work in their lives and spend the child benefits on beer and fags.if there is one thing that this country of ours does better than any other in the world it's pomp and pageantry.so to hell with the cost and let's show a bit of pride and patriotism. i watched the wedding and just for a few hours i felt proud to be british again.[/p][/quote]Hear Hear Babbar Divino
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10:06am Sat 30 Apr 11

Local Degenerate says...

When Will It Be Safe To Turn The T.V Back On?
The Weddings Done And Dusted Now. How Long Are They Gonna Keep Banging On With This Bl__dy Imperialistic Torrent?
When Will It Be Safe To Turn The T.V Back On? The Weddings Done And Dusted Now. How Long Are They Gonna Keep Banging On With This Bl__dy Imperialistic Torrent? Local Degenerate
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10:47am Sat 30 Apr 11

makaveli96 says...

When are they royals becoming Catholic again?
When are they royals becoming Catholic again? makaveli96
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12:47am Sun 1 May 11

hairy mary says...

time for the quen to step down and let william and kate take the throne not charlie boy
time for the quen to step down and let william and kate take the throne not charlie boy hairy mary
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10:04am Sun 1 May 11

Republican says...

I went for a walk around the time of the wedding. I saw no bunting, I saw no celebrations. I saw ASDA car park full of cars, life goes on royal wedding or no royal wedding.

More people ignored this wedding than watched it. I expect an even greater number will ignore the jubilee next year.
I went for a walk around the time of the wedding. I saw no bunting, I saw no celebrations. I saw ASDA car park full of cars, life goes on royal wedding or no royal wedding. More people ignored this wedding than watched it. I expect an even greater number will ignore the jubilee next year. Republican
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1:13pm Sun 1 May 11

woolywords says...

am utterly bored with the royal family, and when she has produced the obligatory, hier and spare, may we get down to real issuses, like...
why did I only get £84 for matching 4 numbers in the Eurobillions Lottery...
and £6.50 on the other ticket..

my winning £13Millions would have ended my poverty...

I would be so rich that I could afford to buy a copy of the Lancashire Telegraph, instead of reading it online.

I'd buy a pub, a brothel and pizza shop. Phone my Boss, on a reverse charged call and tell him to shove it..

build a mosque, without planning permission, then invite the EDL, to burn it down.

bribe a politician, to be totally truthful, when questioned...

buy Boris Johnson a colouring-in book and crayons...

a sundial, that works in the dark..

hire somebody with a strange accent, to answer the phone, when that bloke called Dave in Mombai rings me at 3am.

take up alarm clock shooting, as a pastime..

if only I were rich..
if only...

I only have a candle, a needle and bit less than a pound of Stork..
if you own a porcupine, let's meet...
and improve our chances.
am utterly bored with the royal family, and when she has produced the obligatory, hier and spare, may we get down to real issuses, like... why did I only get £84 for matching 4 numbers in the Eurobillions Lottery... and £6.50 on the other ticket.. my winning £13Millions would have ended my poverty... I would be so rich that I could afford to buy a copy of the Lancashire Telegraph, instead of reading it online. I'd buy a pub, a brothel and pizza shop. Phone my Boss, on a reverse charged call and tell him to shove it.. build a mosque, without planning permission, then invite the EDL, to burn it down. bribe a politician, to be totally truthful, when questioned... buy Boris Johnson a colouring-in book and crayons... a sundial, that works in the dark.. hire somebody with a strange accent, to answer the phone, when that bloke called Dave in Mombai rings me at 3am. take up alarm clock shooting, as a pastime.. if only I were rich.. if only... I only have a candle, a needle and bit less than a pound of Stork.. if you own a porcupine, let's meet... and improve our chances. woolywords
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