Folk in high spirits to celebrate William and Kate’s marriage

Dhanncay Richardson, Sarah Bettison and Maya Slater  at the street party at Bromwich Road, Woodseats.
Dhanncay Richardson, Sarah Bettison and Maya Slater at the street party at Bromwich Road, Woodseats.
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BUNTING, burgers and bouncy castles – Sheffield suburbia transformed itself into a red, white and blue holiday camp as dozens of people celebrated the Royal Wedding.

Bromwich Road in Woodseats, like several others across the city, closed itself off from traffic on Friday to make room for fun and food.

Rather than rows of parked cars, residents of Bromwich Road were greeted with craft activities, bunting, hat competitions and military fitness.

The road’s party organiser, Claire Hamilton, aged 37, said: “It’s been great organising it – we’ve been discovering what talents we have on the street. Bromwich Road is quite a talent pool – we have face painters, a man from Military Fitness, a childminder who set up lots of activities for the kids, and lots of people made food.

“Some people have come dressed up as a bride and groom, which is great. I made a cake with Will 4 Kate on.”

Claire says she decided to organise a street party the minute she heard about Kate and William’s engagement.

“My husband made an enquiry at the council about closing the road off and then they came back and said we could start organising.

“I started putting flyers through people’s doors and we had a couple of meetings in which we assigned people different tasks and that was that.”

Judging by the squeals of delight from all the children racing around and the adults gorging on home-made delights, it was clear Claire and her neighbours had done a good job.

The Royal Wedding, at least on Bromwich Road, brought all the neighbours out of the woodwork.

And it wasn’t just Woodseats families celebrating the day. Beighton’s Beeches Grove residents even had a whip-round for a bouncy castle. And over at Gleadless mum-of-two Zoe Kidd, 35, was relaxing after spending weeks organising a street party at Crispin Gardens.

“I’m really pleased with how it’s all come off,” said the lead sonographer at Rotherham Community Centre.

“I’ve felt sick for the last two days as I wanted it to be right. But it’s all good – the kids have had a great time, we had a cake competition and made up lots of old-fashioned games.”