Celebrations for Royal wedding

PARTIES are being planned across the Whitby area to celebrate the the Royal wedding.

As Prince William and Kate Middleton say their vows, Castleton will transform into one huge street party, while in Robin Hood’s Bay a flag parade will take place and in Lythe, a variety of activities will bring the community together into one big celebration.

Highlights of the Castleton street party will include face painting, fancy dress and a flyover from a Tiger Moth bi-plane.

Event organiser Zoe Hood said: “We are closing down the whole village and are throwing what we hope will be the event of the century.

“With the support which we have received from local businesses, community groups and the councils we, the mums of Castleton School, have organised a right royal affair.”

The Danby Parish Council have organised a best-decorated house competition to mark the day, to be judged by mayoress Hazel Lynskey, with top prizes of £50 for the best-dressed house and £50 for the best-decorated business.

The competition will take place a week on Thursday with the winner announced the day after.

Anyone interested in joining the competition who lives outside the village should contact Linda or Pam on (01287) 660700.

Lobster Pot nursery and creche in Whitby is holding a mock royal wedding tomorrow at St John’s Church in Whitby, followed by a mock wedding reception at the creche.

Lobster Pot’s Judith Lawrance, whose husband Father Hugh Lawrance will perform the mock ceremony, said: “We’ve suggested the children dress up as the bride or groom or wedding guests and we have even got a little bride’s outfit.

“The children are only in foundation stages and it’s to get a sense of community across to them.”

In Robin Hood’s Bay a street party is being held at the Scout Hut at 2pm on the day of the Royal wedding, preceded by a flag parade by the Scouts, Cubs, Brownies and Guides.

The event is being held in aid of Raw Animal Rescue and 1st Robin Hood’s Bay Cubs and Scouts and will include a cake stall, tombola, face-painting, crown decorating and commemorative tea towels, mugs and spoons will be for sale.

In Lythe, events are still in the planning stage but are hoped to include pirate and princess-themed fancy dress at 3pm and novelty races and a tug of war competition on the old cricket field.

The day will be rounded off at the village hall with a street party-style tea and faith supper including a wedding cake and glass of bubbly, followed by a dance.

Officers in North Yorkshire County Council’s highways team have worked alongside residents to ensure the events go without hitch and arranged road closures to allow street parties to take place.

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