All set for right royal knees-up

WITH only one day to go to the much-anticipated Royal wedding, residents from the Daventry area are making the final preparations to their celebrations.

The district, which includes Althorp House, site of Diana’s grave, is gearing up for its scores of street parties and events.

On the big day tomorrow (Friday) in Daventry there are street parties planned in Epping Walk and on the Middlemore estate, both starting after the wedding finishes.

Money raised at the Middlemore event will be given to the Daventry-based Pete Spencer’s Helping Hands Memorial Fund.

Meanwhile the Borough Hill Residents’ Association is holding two parties. Between 2pm and 4pm there is a children’s street party in Wentworth Close, and then in the evening a social event will be held for everyone at Daventry Golf Club with 60 to 80 people expected.

Also in Daventry the Barcelo Hotel is hosting ‘Love Is In The Heir’ organised by students of Northampton College, while Fawsley Hall is laying on wedding brunches and three course champagne dinners.

In Long Buckby the residents of Hammas Leys and Kingston Close have been hanging out the bunting and making the sandwiches for their street party, which gets underway at 1pm with a toast to the royal couple and traditional games for the children.

Elsewhere, in Hellidon villagers are kicking the day off with a soap box derby at 9am, with a street party and more fun and games taking place from 1.30pm. The day will be rounded off with the lighting of the village’s beacon at 8pm.

In Byfield, the Cross Tree pub is open from 10am for people to watch the TV coverage on a big screen, followed by a tea party plus a mini beer festival.

Norton Village Hall is holding a party for local children, followed by a high tea for adults from 4pm to 6pm – entrace is to bring a plate of food to share.

The Joy Mead Garden is the site for Farthingstone’s village celebrations from 4pm ending with a tug of war contest at 7pm. There will also be various competitions, including adult’s most interesting/outrageous hat.

People are being asked to bring some sandwiches and a cake or something sweet for everyone to share.