10:15am Thursday 5th May 2011
By Hannah Bargery
THOUSANDS of people decked their streets with bunting and flags and lined up along trestle tables as the town celebrated the Royal Wedding.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials on Friday saw families set up barbec ues, egg and spoon races, best dressed house competitions, face painting and bouncy castles as individual parties stretched to as many as 285 people and involved more than 100 houses.
Kerry Peniston, who organised the Goldcliff Close street party, in Callands, said: “It’s been a great day.
“We’ve got to know all our neighbours’ names through meetings organising it rather than just knowing them by their house number.”
Many organisers used the parties as an opportunity to raise money for charity including Goldcliff Close where partygoers raised money for St Rocco’s Hospice and Help for Heroes, Hadleigh Close, Great Sankey residents who raised £500 for St Rocco’s Hospice and Latham Hall Scouts in Penketh with a raffle and the 13th Warrington East Scout Troup raised £568 for troup funds with their party at Fairfield and Howley Community Project.
Families who got closer to the action on the big day included Denise Syms, aged 61, and her daughter Joanna, aged 27.
The pair camped out on The Mall the night before the Royal Wedding and were at the front of a crowd 10 rows deep.
Denise, of Elizabeth Drive, Padgate, said: “The whole day made me proud to be British.
“We had full face paintings of the Union flag and were photographed with lots of foreign tourists.”
Denise went down to London to see Prince Andrew’s wedding with her daughters Nicola and Helen, then aged seven and five, in 1986.
She added: “I couldn’t take Joanna that year as she was only three so as soon as we knew about this one Joanna said: ‘Let’s go, this is my opportunity to see a Royal Wedding’.”
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