Royal Wedding: We’re party crackers, say Oughtibridge neighbours

Tasty treats: Aysha Khan.
Tasty treats: Aysha Khan.
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BUNTING, paper plates and trestle tables were all the order of the day on Clough Grove in Oughtibridge as neighbours gathered on the street for an all-day party to toast the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

More than 50 kids enjoyed a party tea, along with a special visit from an ice cream van, and over 70 adults tucked into a fish and chip lunch.

Part time: Susan and Daniel Senior join the fun.

Part time: Susan and Daniel Senior join the fun.

A stage was put up for children to enjoy magic tricks and comedy from entertainer Kimmo, before the tables were cleared away for traditional games such as a three-legged race, an obstacle course, and musical chairs.

Ellie Lewis, aged 41, who helped to organise the party, said the response was “fantastic”.

“It’s been really excellent, it’s been a lovely day. Everyone’s enjoyed a lovely community event,” said the mum-of-two.

“It’s been a big team effort, seven or eight of us got together in a committee to plan it and other people chipped in as well.”

Flag day: Audrey Butcher and Antonia Butcher. Photos: Barry Richardson

Flag day: Audrey Butcher and Antonia Butcher. Photos: Barry Richardson

Fellow Clough Grove resident Claire Jackson, 42, added: “It’s a historic day. We organised this to give our children something to remember. We remember the jubilee in our own road and the parties for Princess Diana.

“It was lovely to see all the children sitting down, they’ve been so well-behaved!”

As a memento of the day, all of the children were given a Royal Wedding commemorative coin.

The party required some large-scale organisation - 73 portions of fish and chips had to be ordered, and Ellie and Claire were sometimes too busy to view the ceremony itself on TV. “There were six families in my front room watching it,” Ellie said.