Ashfield gets set for royal festivities

NMAC11-0977-4'Carsic Primary School pupil Funmi Odunaiya, playing Kate Middleton, recieves William's ring (Kieran Coleman), during the mock Royal wedding ceremony.
NMAC11-0977-4'Carsic Primary School pupil Funmi Odunaiya, playing Kate Middleton, recieves William's ring (Kieran Coleman), during the mock Royal wedding ceremony.

RESIDENTS from across Ashfield have begun their party preparations as they get ready to celebrate the up-coming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in huge numbers.

Several street parties will be held throughout the district as schools, churches, streets and community groups come together for the day of national celebrations on 29th April.

There here will also be a family fun day to celebrate the Royal union at Sutton Lawn between 10am and 4pm, with an host of activities for youngsters, along with entertainment from local artists.

Children and their families are also invited the Bentinck Miners’ Welfare in Kirkby where the wedding ceremony will be shown on a big screen projector with tea and scones.

The event, which kicks off at 9.30am and finishes at 2pm, will also include craft activities and fancy dress. Entry is £2 for adults and 50p for children and includes refreshments.

Elsewhere in the district, two staff members from Sutton’s Asda store will be inviting their colleagues to celebrate with an evening event at one of their homes in Sutton.

The party has been organised by Tracy Willows and Leanne Coupe and guests will be able to dress up in wedding outfits.

The event, which will also include a band playing in the garden, is also a fundraiser for the AT Society, which supports families of children suffering from the neurodegenerative condition Ataxia-Telangiectasia. The charity was chosen because their colleague Hayley Radford has a daughter called Kira who has the condition.

There will also be a free carvery at the Crown Carvery on Chesterfield Road at Huthwaite for all customers who bring in a commemorative royal wedding plate from a previous royal wedding between now and 29th April.

And for some Royal-loving members of the community the party has kicked off early, with a host of activities organised to get them in the holiday mood.

At Annesley Primary School, youngsters made a large banner depicting landmarks in London such as Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey and, on Thursday, all the classes were invited to take a tour of the City in the school gardens.

There was also a street party at lunch time along an afternoon tea of cucumber sandwiches and this was supported by the Kirkby Rotary club who donated £100.

The children, who all dressed up, also took part in an assembly where they explained what the Royal Wedding meant to them and they addressed each other in the Queen’s English throughout the day.

Teaching assistant Dave Redfern said: “It was absolutely fantastic. They were so well-behaved and really rose to the occasion.”

Meanwhile at Carsic Primary School in Sutton, the pupils dressed up in wedding clothes and took part in a mock ceremony at St Mary’s Church with hymns, readings and then photographs outside.

Funmi Odunaiya got the chance to play a princess bride for the day in her role as Kate Middleton, while her schoolmate Thomas Keane played the role of Mr Middleton who walked her down the aisle. The part of Prince William was acted out by Kieran Coleman and Ronan Ward took on the role of Prince Harry.

The festivities, which were organised by teaching assistant Kerry Bowers, continued in the afternoon when the school was decked out with bunting and Union Jacks and the children enjoyed a wedding breakfast with speeches for the bride and groom.

Would you like to book a Chad photographer to take a picture at your royal wedding celebration? Contact reporter Catherine Allen on Mansfield 450302 or email