Party poopers snub Royal wedding fun

Street party in Eastmoor - nostalgia 1985
Street party in Eastmoor - nostalgia 1985

MOST people will use any excuse to have a good old knees-up but it seems a royal wedding is not a good enough reason to get city folk in the party spirit.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot on Friday, April 29, which has been declared a bank holiday.

But Wakefield Council confirmed this week that it had not received a single application for a street party in the so-called Merrie City – and the deadline is less than two weeks away.

A spokesman said: “We’ve received five phone calls from members of the public inquiring about organising a street party for the royal wedding.

“Details have been sent to these people.”

In August, communities secretary Eric Pickles slashed red tape surrounding community celebrations, so insurance and alcohol licences are not needed for small events involving one or two streets.

But the move has done little to encourage city folk who say they have better things to do with their day off according to the Express Facebook page.

It’s a far cry from the 1950s, 1970s and 1980s when communities celebrated the Queen’s coronation, her silver jubilee and the wedding of Charles and Diana.

Schoolchildren will get a tatse of the good old days though as staff and parents plan to go the whole hog with bunting, cake and even mock weddings.

Joanne Chambers is a senior administration officer at St Mary’s Primary School in Wakefield, which will be celebrating with a ‘street party’ in the playground.

The 39-year-old said: “Lots of our staff, including me, can remember having street parties for occasions like the Queen’s jubilee and the wedding of Charles and Diana.

“We are a school that has lots of children from diverse cultural backgrounds, many of them do not know about English heritage customs, so we thought it would be a nice thing to do and everyone is really looking forward to it.

“People don’t seem to do things like this anymore and I think it’s a real shame because they are so much fun and show a real sense of community.”

For more information on hosting a street party, call the council on 0845 8506506.