Today’s Royal Wedding events across the Waveney Valley
TWO billion people from every corner of the globe are expected to tune in to a momentous royal occasion today.
The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is expected to attract the biggest TV audience in history and families, friends and neighbours from across the Waveney Valley will be joining in.
There are numerous events taking place across the region with street parties, big screens and bell ringing all helping to mark the day.
People will join together to play games, eat, drink and even get dressed-up in their old wedding clothes as they enjoy the public holiday.
They will all be following the example of the children at Bramfield Primary School who celebrated yesterday.
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The Friends of the school decided to organise a procession and tea party for the children to enjoy.
They also invited along older residents of the village and children from Bramfield Stepping Stones Pre-School.
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Organiser Natasha Bailey said: “We thought it would be a lovely treat for the children to have a Royal Wedding tea party. It was a fabulous day.”
Tomorrow, in London the congregation will arrive at Westminster Abbey between 8.15-9.45am, with political dignitaries from 9.50am.
Prince William and his best man Prince Harry are expected to arrive at 10.15am, with The Queen due at 10.40am.
The ceremony starts at 11am, with a carriage procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace at 12.15am.
At 1.25pm the Queen and newlyweds will appear on the balcony, before a fly-past from the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Here is a list of the local Royal Wedding events taking place today:
BECCLES: A street party is being held at Rigbourne Hill. Organisers have an official road closure order and will be hosting a number of events including a bouncy castle, sumo suits, sack races, a tug of war and many other games. The event starts at 2pm with afternoon tea and cake, before the party starts later.
The bell tower’s ringers will mark the occasion between 9 and 10am.
The residents of Wainford House, in Saltgate, are having their own party.
BROOME: The Artichoke is holding a mini beer festival highlighting several of the beers specially brewed to celebrate the wedding, including Say I Will, Kiss me Kate, Willys Crown Jewels and Windsor Knot, as well as Royale Wedding and Wedding Ale.
This is followed in the evening by a buffet, with a royal themed quiz.
BUNGAY: The Fisher Theatre is showing the wedding from 10.30am and is inviting those attending to don their wedding dresses and enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly while watching.
A party day will be held at The King’s Head and Queens Jules, with guests invited to dress in wedding clothes.
The event runs from 10.30am until late, with a big screen, singer, wedding film, afternoon tea and karaoke.
The team of bell ringers at St Mary’s Church will be marking the occasion from noon.
BURGH ST PETER: Waveney River Centre will be holding a full day of events. Breakfast will be available from 8am, with big screens, swimming with inflatables, raffle, a bouncy castle and karaoke all on offer throughout the day.
DITCHINGHAM: A big screen will be showing the wedding at Maltings Pavilion. The Bungay and District Sports Association stepped in following the cancellation of celebrations at The Staithe.
There will also be a bouncy castle and a fancy dress competition for adults and children from 10.30am.
HALESWORTH: A private street party is taking place for the residents of Queens Drive, Queens Close and Princes Green
LODDON: The White Horse is having a family fun day from 10am. The wedding will be shown on big screen and there will be a bouncy castle and childrens’ entertainer.
In the evening at 7.30pm, Loddon Mill Arts hosts Not the Royal Wedding with comedians James Redmond, Stephen Carlin, Tony Tinman and Matthew Osborn plus a special guest. The event is a sell-out.
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