Lowestoft celebrates Royal Wedding in style

STREET parties, fun and lots of entertainment took centre stage across Lowestoft as communities across town came together for a series of special events.

Hundreds of people partied across town at events in Kessingland, Gunton, Oulton Broad and Kirkley as neighbourhoods celebrated an historic Royal Wedding day.

And at a street party in Frostenden Crescent, Lowestoft a special guest made a welcome appearance.

'We have our own Kate Middleton (Heidi Innes), complete in a wedding dress, walking round the crescent and cutting the Royal Wedding cake,' one of the organisers Michelle Innes said.

With face painting, a Royal Wedding quiz, craft stalls, a dance display and music - as well as a special sit-down meal for all residents - fellow organiser Tim Jenkins said: 'It has been a real community effort, which we wanted it to be. 'We hear enough about the bad stuff happening so it's good to have communities getting together and celebrating the big day.'

It was a similar picture perfect occasion at nearby Hopelyn Close in Lowestoft, as a garden party was held. With fun, games, food and entertainment, organiser Frances Nixon said that residents, family and friends had joined forces to honour the historic day - just like a Jubilee party that was held in the street in 1977, and to mark the Millennium in 2000.

And there were smiles aplenty as 'all ages' turned out at St Benedicts Church in Hollingsworth Road. Organised to 'raise awareness' of St Benedicts Toddlers Group, Gunton Pre School and 1st Gunton Guides, there was something for everyone on offer as hundreds turned out in the sunshine.

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'We invited 2,000 households through Facebook and posters and its so nice to see everyone come together and the children enjoying themselves,' one of the organisers Christine Rudrum said.

• Did you hold a special street party, garden party or event to mark the Royal Wedding? Send your pictures and details to lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk

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