How Calderdale cel­e­brated:

Halifax Courier - - Front Page - joanna.wardill@hal­i­fax­courier.co.uk By Joanna Wardill

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.

A prince and prin-

It’s a full house: Royal Wed­ding day cel­e­bra­tions at Ras­trick Bowl­ing and So­cial Club, Toothill Bank, Ras­trick

Mil­lie Hi­ley, Isla Wadding­ton, Libby Brooks, El­lie and Lewis Gon­za­lez, and Con­nor Wadding­ton

Sav­ile Park cel­e­bra­tions: Clare Hutch­ings, Eric Trickey, Ruth Sturdee and Adele GrayII

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