Royal Wedding: Communities fly the flag for Wills and Kate

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FROM schools to city squares, from nurseries to a retirement village, Royal Wedding fever swept across South Yorkshire.

Whether it was a street party, renewal of wedding vows or a little princess pageant, every generation enjoyed the spectacle. Star reporters and photographers were there to capture the moments.

Kiveton Pre School club: Kids and staff held a Fancy Dress Prince & Princesses Party  for the Royal Wedding.

Kiveton Pre School club: Kids and staff held a Fancy Dress Prince & Princesses Party for the Royal Wedding.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our special video report about the Royal wedding celebrations in our region and London.

Also watch our high light videos of the big day - see links below.

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Little princes and princesses donned crowns and tiaras as a South Yorkshire nursery got into the Royal Wedding spirit.

Kiveton Pre School club: Kids and staff held a Fancy Dress Prince & Princesses Party  for the Royal Wedding.

Kiveton Pre School club: Kids and staff held a Fancy Dress Prince & Princesses Party for the Royal Wedding.

The youngsters who attend Kiveton and Wales Pre-School Daycare Centre, at St John’s Rooms, Kiveton Park, gathered beneath a giant union jack featuring a picture of Kate and Wills. The room was also decorated with flowers and smaller flags to mark the occasion.

Two parties were held due to the number of youngsters who attend the centre.

A celebratory feast was laid on for both groups of children, who had been asked to turn up in fancy dress.

Mark Whiteman, a member of the committee which runs the daycare centre on a charitable basis, said: “The event went really well.

Kiveton Pre School club: Kids and staff held a Prince and Princesses Party  for the Royal Wedding.

Kiveton Pre School club: Kids and staff held a Prince and Princesses Party for the Royal Wedding.

“There were 24 children at each party, who had cucumber sandwiches and strawberries - and, as a special treat they were allowed to have jelly and ice cream.

“The children made flags and red, white and blue foot and hand paintings. There was also a Princes and Princesses parade.”

n YOUNGSTERS at Leapfrog Day Nursery at Rotherham General Hospital got into the Royal Wedding spirit with a fabulous garden party.

Patriotic tots at the nursery put up bunting, donned specially-made crowns and waved Union Jacks to celebrate the marriage of their future king and queen.

Kiveton Pre School club: Kids and staff held a Fancy Dress Prince & Princesses Party to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

Kiveton Pre School club: Kids and staff held a Fancy Dress Prince & Princesses Party to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

They got into the spirit with a fancy dress competition and prepared paintings for the occasion.

Staff invited families to come along to the party, to enjoy the bouncy castle and a spread of party food.

Kelly Carter, who manages the nursery, run by the Busy Bees organisation, said: “This was a great opportunity for families in the local community to come together and celebrate a momentous occasion.

“It was a royal party for a royal occasion, with a fun and lively atmosphere that got everyone in the celebratory spirit. It was an event that the children will remember until adulthood.”

* IT wasn’t just the youngsters having fun at Wisewood Primary School’s Royal Wedding street party...

Parents, teachers and helpers also joined in and enjoyed themselves at the event, which was held in the school’s playground.

And it was a right royal fashion parade.

Fancy hats were the order of the day for many of the partygoers when they arrived for the big bash at the school, on Ben Lane, which had been decorated with red, white and blue balloons.

Some of the partygoers - and not just the young ones - were also wearing large St George’s and Union Jack flags around their necks and draped over their shoulders. There were also colourful sashes and bows on show.

As well as tucking into party food, the fun involved face painting and games.

* Four happily married couples took the opportunity of the Royal Wedding Day to renew their vows in a special ceremony. They are all residents at Brunswick Gardens retirement village in Woodhouse, and decided to come together on the same day that Prince William tied the knot with Kate Middleton for the event at the local village hall.

Susan and Peter White said ‘I do’ again after 44 years of married life, while Pauline and Vic Gould decided to show the world how much they love each other again after 29 years together.

Kath and Keith Morgan-Cresswell marked 13 years of marriage and Irene and Andrew Cottam celebrated a decade together.

The service was led by Rev David Gough, vicar of St James Church in Woodhouse, and also welcomed a bridesmaid and two flower girls.

Residents came together for the occasion.