Party time as Wills and Kate say ‘I do’

Residents of Upper Hall View, Northowram, who are planning a street party for the William and Kate royal wedding.'Organisers, from back right, Julie Simpson, Michelle Heaton, Sally Halmshaw and Debbie Fox
Residents of Upper Hall View, Northowram, who are planning a street party for the William and Kate royal wedding.'Organisers, from back right, Julie Simpson, Michelle Heaton, Sally Halmshaw and Debbie Fox
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ORGANISERS of Calderdale’s only street party for the royal wedding have urged others to follow suit.

As the Courier reported last month, Calderdale Council has received only one application for a street part to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.

The applicants were residents in Northowram who have planned a party on Upper Hall View and Hall Close.

Sally Halmshaw, 35, of Upper Hall View is one of the organisers.

She said: “We had a party nine years ago for the Golden Jubilee and I just thought it would be worth doing it again and I think it’s something the kids will remember.

“It’s a chance for all the neighbours to get together – to catch up with those you know and meet new people.”

The party – which has not needed insurance as council bosses deemed it low risk – will include bouncy castles, games, a gladiators’ ring, a DJ, barbecue by Halifax’s Design House and a big screen to watch the wedding.

The cost is £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children – by invitation only – which will pay for the day.

Mrs Halmshaw said: “I couldn’t believe it when I read it was only us planning to do a street party.

“It’s not been difficult. I leafleted around the estate and said I was thinking about a street party and if anyone was interested, to come along to a meeting in the local pub. Quite a few came.

“A few of us have a meeting about once a month to put our ideas together. It’s not been much trouble at all. I would defnintely suggest other people do it.”

A royal wedding bash has been organised to take place at Rastrick Bowling and Social Club, Toothill Bank, Rastrick.

The wedding will be screened in the club at 10am and the party begins at 3pm, with fancy dress, bouncy castle, face painting, tombola and games.

Janet Holroyd, one of the organisers, said: “We thought it would be nice to do something. We are hoping the local community will support us. I am sure they will have a great time.”

The Northowram party will also be holding a raffle to help pay for costs. Any business who would like to donate prizes should email sally halmshaw@aol.com.

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