Wed­ding frocks only at mum’s ‘Royal’ party

Halifax Courier - - Front Page - By Brian Coates

THE Cham­pagne is on ice, the buf­fet is ready.

But no one go­ing to Michelle Do­ran’s party to­day to cel­e­brate the Royal Wed­ding could get in – un­less they wore wed­ding out­fits.

Mrs Do­ran, a 42year-old civil ser­vant, her daugh­ter Scar­lett Byrne, 15, mother Guza Kenyon, 70, nieces Li­lanna Mar­chase, 26, and Kristina Gro­gan, 19, all put on wed­ding gowns.

Two other nieces – Starr Eames, 18, and Raven Eames, 13 – wore brides­maid’s dresses and three-yearold nephew Ay­dan Par­nell was page boy.

“En­try is pro­hib­ited to any­body not in wed­ding at­tire,” said Mrs Do­ran, of Oak Av­enue, Tod­mor­den.

She said her aim was to make to­day’s wed­ding of Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton a mem­o­rable one in the Do­ran house­hold.

The party ar­rived at Oak Av­enue early this morn­ing to change into their out­fits.

Then they set­tled down round a 42-inch flatscreen TV in the bunting­draped house to watch the West­min­ster Abbey cer­e­mony.

Mrs Do­ran said: “As I have young nieces and a daugh­ter I wanted to get them away from the com- put­ers and mo­bile phones and re­mem­ber the day as I re­mem­ber the Queen’s sil­ver ju­bilee and Prince Charles wed­ding to Diana. Prince Wil­liam is to be our fu­ture king and it would be nice for them to re­mem­ber the day he got mar­ried and the fun we had.

“I love Prince Wil­liam. Both me and my mum have a soft spot for him.”

Mrs Do­ran re­flects fondly on the Queen’s sil­ver ju­bilee as a young girl when she was liv­ing at Dine­ley Av­enue, Tod­mor­den.

“We had the big­gest street party go­ing and I loved it,” she said.

“For Prince Charles and Di’s wed­ding in 1981 I was at home and would not move from the TV. I had just turned 11.”

But her ded­i­ca­tion is not shared with the men in the house­hold.

Her hus­band Michael, 42, fled the fam­ily home to­day – along with son Conor Arm­strong, 19.

Mrs Do­ran said: “Conor joked ‘You are no mother of mine, em­barass­ing me like that!’”

Ladies in white: fam­ily mem­bers Raven, Michelle, Guza, Lil­iana and Scar­lett all dressed up

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