How Calderdale celebrated:
PARTIES were in full swing yesterday as Royal Wedding fever swept Calderdale.
Shops, streets, churches, pubs, charities, hospital wards and care homes were all buzzing as they celebrated Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage.
St Luke’s Church in Norland and St Peter’s Church in Sowerby both put up giant TV screens to follow the action.
Parishioners sang along with hymns before enjoying a champagne reception and watched a mini Wills and Kate cut the cake.
Chimes rang out from All Souls’ Church, Haley Hill, Halifax, as bellringers travelled from across Yorkshire to mark the wedding at the disused chruch.
Streets across Calderdale came alive with the party atmosphere as communities gathered to celebrate.
Residents on Upper Hall View and Hall Close in Northowram also watched the wedding on a giant screen before lunch was served for more than 100 children.
Each child was given a pin-on keepsake rosette and enjoyed face painting, bouncy castles, a gladiator ring and disco.
The Design House in Halifax hosted the a barbeque for the residents later in the evening.
Speaking at the event, Sally Halmshaw, 35, of Upper Hall View, one of the organisers, said: “It’s buzzing.
“Everyone is really jolly, chatting and getting to know neighbours who they’ve not spoken to before. Everyone is really happy.”
An enterprising 11year-old was behind all the organising of a massive street party in Goldfields Close, Greetland.
Young Lauren Holland spent four months planning the bash for nearly 80 people on her street.
She knocked on the door of every house, handing out leaflets and organising meetings as well as the budget.
Her mum Helen Holland said: “I’m incredibly proud of her.
“She’s worked so hard on it. One of the neighbours knitted her a Prince William and Kate doll to thank her and gave it to her on the day.”
Residents in Maitland Street and Edmund Street, Walsden, held a street party with a ‘Princess camp’ for younger guests.
Partygoers at Prince’s Gate, Savile Park, threw a best-dressed house competition and residents in Highfield Grove, Exley, held a street party.
Youngsters got into the celebrations too with parties held at New Road Children’s Centre, Sowerby, Whitehill Community Academy, Illingworth, Little Tinkers Day Nursery in Brighouse, Willow Park Day Nursery, Sowerby Bridge, and Kiddiwinks Day Nursery in Halifax.
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