ALTHOUGH they live on Middleton Court, Mansfield couple David Burrows and Allyson Mcintyre admit they have little in common with Kate and Prince William.
But on Friday they also tied the knot, having arranged their special date of 29th April many months before the royal wedding planners ... as street parties and celebrations went on for the royal wedding across Mansfield and Ashfield.
The pair were married in front of around 40 guests at Mansfield Register Office - at the same time as the world’s attention was fixed on Kate and William’s wedding at Westminster Abbey with almost 2,000 invited guests.
“It was a bit of a shock when we found out they were getting married the same day,” delivery driver David (50) said.
“But I’m not too bothered about watching it - I have more than enough to worry about with my own wedding!”
It will be both David and Allyson’s second marriage and they met at Mansfield’s Talbot pub around three years ago.
The couple were engaged last April and the wedding was a proper family occasion - with two of David’s daughters acting as best ‘men’, his third daughter a bridesmaid and Allyson’s son giving her away.
“Our family and friends seem pleased that we are getting married the same day as the Royal Wedding,” David said. “It makes it more exciting and also gives us a longer weekend to celebrate.”
After a reception at Andwhynot in the town centre, the couple travelled to Newmarket races for the weekend. And they are also hoping to go on a longer honeymoon to Tenerife at the end of May.
Two other couples were married at Mansfield Register Office on Friday.
The following streets were closed for Royal Wedding parties on Friday: Shetland Close in Mansfield, Astley Close in Annesley Woodhouse, Oakham Drive in Selston, Bramble Croft in Sutton, Dornoch Avenue in Southwell and Brackendale Drive in Walesby.
Mansfield town centre staged its own version of the Wacky Races, a box kart race along Stockwell Gate at 10am. There was also a huge street party in the Market Place.
A giant screen will show live pictures from the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey and there will be funfair rides, food vendors and a craft fair. Tables will also be arranged in the Market Place for people to bring along picnics or eat food from the stalls.
Gala Bingo Mansfield offered members a glass of bubbly and a champagne cup cake to get them in the party mood on Royal Wedding Day. A big screen wwas put up and there were special prize draws and competitions.
At 4pm at the Old Meeting House Unitarian Church on Stockwell Gate there was a Royal Wedding-themed afternoon tea and games.
Don’t miss next week’s Chad for five pages of your royal wedding celebration photographs - just like the photo here of Daniel Wood flying the flag for The Hill Methodist Playgroup as Chloe Newton looks on at their special event to celebrate the Royal Wedding.