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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Planning a right royal knees-up for West Cumbria

West Cumbria has been gripped by royal wedding fever as events are arranged to celebrate the big day next week.

Street parties, fetes, cream teas and even a wedding banquet are all planned to mark the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

Celebrations will start early in Workington. On Monday there will be a parade through the town to Vulcan Park, along with a bouncy castle, hot dog stand, Easter egg hunt, egg and spoon race and a teddy bears’ picnic.

Women’s Institute members from across the county will come together at the Hundith Hill Hotel, Cockermouth for a wedding belles luncheon on Wednesday.

The women are invited to dress in their best wedding outfits and the wearer of the most glamorous outfit will win a bottle of champagne.

The Rev Carole Marsden will speak at the event, giving humorous recollections of wedding ceremonies.

On Thursday, the day before the royal wedding, residents of Harrington will come together at Beckstone Primary School for a garden party.

Southfield Samba Band will perform and Mike Milner, key stage two music teacher, will lead a sing-song of national favourites.

The school’s cheerleading club will also perform and there will be a buffet lunch with a royal wedding theme.

There will be a procession of children dressed in red, white and blue or as princes and princesses, while two children will be king and queen for a day and hand out medals bought by the PTA to all the other children.

Flimby Primary School will hold a party with all the pensioners in the village, beginning with a mock wedding in St Nicholas’s Church, led by The Rev Gill Hart.

Allonby and Lorton schools will also host royal wedding parties on Thursday.

In Cockermouth, there will be a celebration at Christ Church with Fairfield Infant School.

Next Friday, the public holiday, a host of entertainment and activities are planned across the area.

Residents on Workington’s Frostoms estate will hold a street party on Cain Street from 1pm to 5pm.

In Northside, a fun day will be held on the area behind Northside Community Centre from 2pm to 5pm.

A picnic will be held for youngsters, with afternoon tea for the adults, party games and outdoor disco.

A fete will be held at the Oval Centre in Salterbeck with games, food and entertainment.

There will be prizes for children in the best fancy dress and, for over-16s, the best home-made wedding hat.

In Maryport there will be a fun day for residents and tenants of Ewanrigg and Netherton between 10am and 3pm.

A wedding cake has been baked and, once people have tried to guess its weight, it will be shared out.

There will be a hot drink and cream scone for the adults and a cold drink and hot dog for the children.

The wedding will be shown live on a big screen in Ewanrigg Community Centre.

A party will be held at Glasson Rangers rugby club and there will be a pensioners’ party at the Sailors Return.

In Dearham, residents of around 75 houses on Row Brow Park will be coming together for a street party in The Square from 3pm.

There will be a craft tent for the kids and various games such as royal jelly and spoon race, pin the wedding ring on Kate, lucky dips, and best dressed table.

Embleton will also hold a street party from 2pm on the slip road from the A66 to the village, which will be closed off.

In the evening a disco will take place in the village hall where people can take their own food and drink.

The Bush Inn, Tallentire, will hold a royal wedding reception all afternoon, featuring a best dressed wheelie bin competition.

In the evening there will be a fish and chip supper and music from Don McKay.

In Deanscales, there will be a royal wedding banquet from 7pm with a raffle and competition for the most extravagant wedding hat.

A champagne afternoon tea will be held at the Royal Oak Hotel, Braithwaite.

This will be followed by an evening buffet and jazz band in a marquee with all proceeds going to charity.

Armathwaite Hall Hotel, at Bassenthwaite, is holding an afternoon tea from 3pm to 6pm with a fashion show by Bronja, of Wigton, and a best hat competition.

Money raised will be given to the oncology department at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

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