North Elmham celebrates the Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding was celebrated with a musical procession and a traditional street party in North Elmham, near Dereham.

After watching their TV sets to see the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony, villagers emerged from their homes to enjoy a procession of regally-dressed youngsters, led by the Lumiere Rouge Ragtime Band.

And then it was party time. Bunting and balloons stretched the length of Eastgate Street, which was closed to traffic to allow villagers to place chairs and patio furniture in the road to eat and drink with their neighbours.

Children also took advantage of the afternoon road closure to create 'pavement art' by drawing on the street with coloured chalk.

Sue Graves, one of the organisers, said: 'We though it was such a special day we didn't want to miss the opportunity of bringing people together. The newcomers think it is delightful, because it is a way of meeting people in the village.'

Emma Cleere, who also helped arrange the event, was motivated by a friendly family rivalry because her sister-in-law Georgina was organising a simultaneous event a few miles away in Gressenhall.

Emma, glittering in a sequined Union Flag dress said: 'We're having a bit of a 'street-off'. It is just nice healthy competition – but North Elmham will definitely be the best.

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'I think we have pulled it out of the bag. We have been so fortunate we have had this great team of people.

'The response has been great from all ages. Everybody has been so eager to come out, meet their neighbours and have a good time.'

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