Communities and organisations finalising plans for Royal wedding celebrations

Royal wedding fever continues to grip the region with more organisations and residents finalising plans to join one of the biggest parties of the year.

Street parties, big screens, beer festivals, a fireworks display and prince and princess contests are all being planned to celebrate the royal wedding.

With the time of the Westminster Abbey ceremony set, town councils, community groups and royal enthusiasts have pushed ahead with their party ideas.

In Hunstanton, a dedicated royal wedding working committee has been one of the hardest at work and has organised three days of action-packed fun.

On the day of the royal wedding there will be a party for children in the town hall which will be followed the next day by the high street coming to life with live music, hog roast and street theatre.

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Further events are also planned for the Sunday around the town hall including a weddings, parties and proms fair. There will also be a beer festival at the Golden Lion Hotel on Saturday and Sunday.

Christine Earnshaw, who is on the committee with fellow town councillors Caroline Odd and Carol Bower, said: 'We have been overwhelmed by the support we are getting and this has really helped us put on a long weekend of activities.

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'We have had two public meetings and had 30 people come to both which far exceeded anything I could have imagined.

'I am hoping these celebrations will bring people to the town and businesses will benefit from these visitors and make it a weekend to remember.'

In Great Yarmouth, the annual beer and cider festival is taking place on a new date to be part of the royal wedding celebrations.

Hosted at The Courtyard on Main Cross Road, from Thursday April 28, to Sunday May 1, the festival will once again be flying the flag for the very best East Anglian beers and ciders.

The event is organised by the award-winning Blackfriars Brewery, which is producing a special Royal Wedding-themed ale for the occasion.

Villagers in West Runton, near Cromer, can enjoy a party at the social club in Water Lane which will start at 11am.

Chris Beckett, chairman of the social club, said: 'We decided to organise the event because we felt, deeply, that the youngsters of today should find the day something to remember and be proud of.

'That is one reason why we are also going to give a free wedding commerative mug to every child under 12.

'People have been very supportive of what we want to achieve and we have had lots of offers from people offering to make cakes.'

He added: 'The royal wedding is going to also help bring together the community which I think these types of event are all about.'

In Wells, plans are being finalised for a two-day celebration taking place at The Buttlands on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30.

A big screen showing the royal wedding, live music, a traditional picnic, a lights display and children's activities are all planned.

Swaffham also intends to hold a street party in the centre of town. The event is to be organised by the area's Iceni Partnership along with the Swaffham Lions.

In Costessey, the residents of Queen's Hills worked quickly to finalise plans for a street party on the day of the wedding.

Parish councillor Gary Blundell, who lives on the estate, said: 'There has been a lot of bad press about this estate recently and there is not much community spirit here at all.

'So myself and four others decided the royal wedding would be the perfect chance to have a street party and try to get more community spirit.

'It would be great if after this we are all a bit closer here and that neighbours know a bit more about each other and help each other.

'As well as having the street party, we are also going to have a beer tent, tombola, hog roast and a prince and princess contest.'

Plans for a celebration in Bungay are in the pipeline with an open-air party in the middle of the town being considered.

In Dereham, the Railway Tavern, on Yaxham Road, is organising a street party for the royal wedding.

Beginning at 9am, long tables will be lined around the outside of the tavern, with a big screen showing the ceremony itself and piano player on hand to perform some traditional street party tunes.

Southwold is hosting a public party on Gun Hill on Saturday April 30, which will see the guns fired at 7pm followed by a fireworks display.

Downham Town Council is hoping to mark the day with a big screen showing of the wedding, live from the town hall.

Plans for events in Lynn are yet to get off the ground, but West Norfolk Council has said there are a few ideas being considered.

Norfolk County Council is hoping more street parties like the one being planned for Queen's Hills will take place for the royal wedding.

To help organisations and communities organise the street parties, the council has cut the cost of closing roads and streets to �29.04.

Graham Plant, cabinet member for travel and transport, said: 'There is real enthusiasm for the royal wedding. These may be difficult times, but people seem determined to seize the opportunity to celebrate and we have received a number of inquiries about road closures for street parties.

'Given the level of interest, we are confident that a charge of around �30 will cover the legal and advertising costs of a multiple road closure application. We have made it �29.04 in the spirit of celebrating this auspicious date.'

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