Pimm's, shortbread and a 'dapper' blue suit - how Sheffield's special guests plan to toast royal wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pic: Alexi Lubomirski/PAWire)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pic: Alexi Lubomirski/PAWire)
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As royal wedding fever spreads, special guests from Sheffield are preparing to join the celebrations in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Eight people from South Yorkshire and its surrounds - including three from Sheffield - were rewarded with golden tickets for the big day tomorrow as a reward for the difference they have made in their communities.

Gillian Goldstraw with her eldest daughter Jade

Gillian Goldstraw with her eldest daughter Jade

The Star caught up with the Sheffield trio - selected by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe - to see how they plan to toast Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's union.

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Gillian Goldstraw, a leader at 231st Shiregreen Scout Group, is no stranger to royal shindigs, having attended the Queen's 90th birthday parade in 2016.

The 46-year-old, of Manor Lane Top, has dug out the souvenir glasses from that day which she and her daughter Jasmine will use to toast the royal couple with a bottle of Pimm's between them.

"We're really getting quite excited. I've got a fancy dress and something to put in my hair but I'll be wearing my neckerchief too because I'm representing the Scouts so I want to take a bit of Shiregreen with me," she said

Steven Collier-Ellen

Steven Collier-Ellen

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Steven Collier-Ellen, a recovering alcoholic who now supports others battling addiction, said: "I'm very much looking forward to it. I'll be wearing a Paul Costelloe blue suit so we should look pretty dapper.

The 52-year-old, of Broomhall, will be joined by Jamie Greenhough, a colleague from the Sheffield Christians in Recovery support group.

He said they are looking forward to sharing their experience with others and 'showing it's possible to come from a really dark place into something beautiful'.

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"This isn't just for me, it's for all those people who've helped me and all those people I'm trying to help," he added.

Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones, who helped transform her home neighbourhood of Beighton into an award-winning floral oasis, has packed a bottle of Champagne and some special royal shortbread.

The 49-year-old, who will be joined by her husband Paul, has shared her excitement with pupils at Redlands Primary School in Worksop, where she teaches, and said they would be eagerly watching for a glimpse of her on TV.

"We've done lots with the children, including holding a royal picnic and preparing a time capsule which will be dug up in 50 years, and they're really excited," she said.

The Sheffield contingent are among 1,200 deserving members who were invited, along with a companion of their choice, to join the celebrations.