North-east gets in party mood to crown spe­cial day

Grand event brings cheer to re­gion

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - COMMENT - By Ruth War­ran­der and Sally McDon­ald

THERE was a right royal knees-up in the Gran­ite City as cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued to mark Kate and Wills’ big day.

With the sun shin­ing across the North-east, street par­ties both or­gan­ised and im­promptu were the or­der of the day as neigh­bours toasted the cou­ple.

In Cat­ter­line res­i­dents en­joyed some right royal fun where the com­mu­nity drama group, Canny Act, kicked off the cel­e­bra­tions.

They watched the wed­ding at a mem­ber’s home with glasses of bub­bly and canapes.

Then they headed to the vil­lage’s Creel Inn for a pub ban­quet.

Group mem­ber and res­i­dent Phil Mur­ray said there was a real buzz of com­mu­nity spirit.

He said: “The whole vil­lage has turned out. We had peo­ple dress­ing up as brides, grooms and best men. We had some men dress up as brides, and vicev­ersa – it was all fun.”

And the sun was out in beau­ti­ful Cat­ter­line, for guests who sat on long, bunting-cov­ered ta­bles. When the clock struck 3pm, chil­dren from the vil­lage came down to join the party.

Phil said: “They were all dressed as princesses and princes. They ar­rived in time for the party games. It’s a very spe­cial day in the vil­lage – ev­ery­body en­joyed get­ting to­gether.”

Mean­while, the girls who make up part of Grampian Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice’s con­trol cen­tre were among the 40 women and chil­dren at a fam­ily home in Lau­rencekirk.

Sur­rounded by bunting and bal­loons and wear­ing Union Jack hats and crowns, the

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