It’s Royal party time

BIG EVENT: From the left, Josh Longton, eight, Laura Clements, Josh Clements, nine, Michelle Porter, Kane Porter, 10 and Isabel Clements, six
BIG EVENT: From the left, Josh Longton, eight, Laura Clements, Josh Clements, nine, Michelle Porter, Kane Porter, 10 and Isabel Clements, six

Final preparations are being made in Leyland and South Ribble to mark this Friday’s royal wedding.

A series of special events are being held across the borough as residents prepare to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Organisations and schools are among those hosting events.

The Royal Naval Association is welcoming families of all ages to a Royal wedding celebration on Friday.

Visitors will enjoy a barbecue, cabaret and music during the event at 74 Towngate in Leyland.

The festivities last from noon until midnight, and John Groom’s cabaret kicks off at 8pm.

The barbecue, from 7pm, costs £2 per person.

Member Patrick Allen said: “Anyone is welcome to come along. You don’t have to be a member of the RNA.”

One of the biggest gatherings will be at Chorley Little Theatre, which will be screening the wedding as part of a joint initiative with the Chorley and Leyland Guardian and Age Concern Lancashire.

More than 100 people will be attending, but there are still free tickets available.

Priority will be given to older residents and the doors open at 9.30am.

Tickets can be obtained from Malcolm’s Musicland in Chapel Street, Chorley.

Across Chorley and South Ribble, residents will be holding street parties to mark the big event on Friday.

One big party in Leyland will be on the green in Hillbrook Road, Leyland.

Others include: Wembley Avenue, Penwortham. 12 -5 pm; Barn Flatt Close, Higher Walton. 2 pm; Fourfields, Bamber Bridge. 3 -7 pm; Hedgerows Road, Leyland. The party is going to be on the linear pathway/open space in front of number 50; Cherry Wood, Penwortham. 2pm onwards; and Hunters Fold, Walmer Bridge.

In nearby Gleneagles Drive, Euxton, Michelle Porter is helping her friend Laura Clements organise a street party for around 35 to 40 people.

Entertainment will include table football, and they are hoping that the weather will be nice enough to have a barbecue.

Most of their neighbours have said they will attend, and everyone has been chipping in to help cover the cost of the decorations, making it a real community effort.

Michelle said: “Laura came up with the idea, she said it was a history thing, and we might never get to do it again.”

If you’re doing anything on the big day, please send pictures of your event to chorleyguardian@hotmail.com.