Lytham’s set for Royal party time

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IT’S going to be a right Royal knees-up on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding day – or at least it is in Lytham!

The seven streets which have applied to Fylde Council to hold street parties on the big day, April 29, all are in the town – Bleasdale Road, Back Cecil Street, Rossall Road, Riversleigh Avenue, Eddington Road, Southwood Close and Warton Street.

While hundreds of Lytham residents will be celebrating the Westminster Abbey union of the future King and his bride in real style, Fylde Council say they are yet to hear from potential street party organisers in St Annes, Kirkham or other areas.

Only The New Thursby Rest Home, Clifton Drive North, St Annes, is bucking the trend with a house party to celebrate the marriage.

The council has stressed the importance of anyone wishing to hold a party to get in touch as soon as possible.

“We will do all we can to help but organisers need to let us know their plans soon,” said a council spokesman.

Anyone considering holding a street party should contact the council’s Chris Hambly on (01253) 658422.

Party organisers in Lytham are determined to make it a celebration reminiscent of previous parties held for Royal occasions such as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer 30 years ago.

One organiser, Sharon Mancini, 40, of Bleasdale Road, Lytham, said: “William and Kate are a brilliant couple and it is important to get the kids involved as it’s the wedding of our future King.

“We didn’t have a street party for Charles and Camilla, we didn’t have one for Andrew and Fergie.

“I think its great we can have one now.”

Cath Powell, 48, of Warton Street, is helping to organise another street party.

She said: “What a great opportunity – Royal Weddings and street parties go hand in hand.

“Warton Street came together a few years ago to help save the post office – the community organised a campaign and marched down the street and Lytham Green.

“The whole street came together and that’s just the spirit we want to create again.”

If you are planning to hold a Royal Wedding celebration, let the Express know by calling (01253) 724404 or by e-mail at news@lsaexpress.co.uk.