Norwich celebrates the Royal Wedding a day early

All week people across the country have been getting their flags and tea cups at the ready to commemorate the Royal Wedding, but the party started early in Norwich today with people celebrating tomorrow's event all over the city.

Over 60 students from Hillside Avenue Primary School in Thorpe St Andrew took part in a pretend wedding to learn about the big day and why it is important.

The Year 1 children, aged 5 and 6, held a wedding ceremony and dressed-up in wedding clothes, while Father Chris 'married' the couples and talked to the children about the importance of marriage and also what will be happening in London today.

Once the ceremony was over the children cut a wedding cake, made by one of the parents, and toasted the bride and groom, which was followed by a picnic and mini tea parties with the rest of the students

Carolyn Bradley, key stage 1 leader, said: 'Hopefully today will give the children some lovely memories of the big day.'

The Hamlet Centre on Ella Road in the city centre organised their own special day by hosting a pre-royal wedding party.

Ms Julia Snow, fundraising manager, said: 'It has been fantastic. We had over 50 children here to begin with and then it was followed by attendance of groups of all ages.

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'This is what the Hamlet Centre does, it brings together groups regardless of their age or ability and today's event has all been about joining in the spirit of the day.'

Visitors were treated to activities, such as hat making, competitions, cream teas and stalls.

And finally 412 pupils and staff had an enjoyable lunch at Mile Cross Primary School, on Brasier Road.

A street party was held on the school playground with Union Jack cakes made by the school kitchen and everyone joined in to sing the national anthem accompanied by visiting musicians.

• Thousands of Norwich people will be celebrating the royal wedding - and our photographers are out and about today taking fantastic pictures of the special events. But you can also take your own photos of your event - just email them to and we will put them online to create a record of how Norwich celebrated the big day.

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