Great Yarmouth gears up for Royal Wedding

AFTER of years speculation, months of planning and weeks of media frenzy, the wedding of the century has finally arrived.

And as wedding bells ring out from Westminster Abbey, streets across Great Yarmouth will be ready to have a right royal time – whether downbeat weather forecasts are come true or not. From fancy dress parties in Cobholm to talent contests in Hopton, it’s doubtful the borough will have seen as much red, white and blue in a long time.

So, whether you are heading out to party with your neighbours, or having a private do in your back garden, feel free to let us know by sending in jpg pictures and details of what you got up to. Email, or and we will do our best to put them online or include them in next week’s special royal wedding supplement.

Friday, April 29

Acle: There will be a free family fun day and tea party at Amber Lodge, South Walsham Road, running from 10am to 6pm. Opened by Amber the lion king, there will be inflatable rides, face painting and afternoon live music.

Burgh Castle: The Fay Bedford Stage School will be performing at Burgh Hall for a Royal Wedding Special at 4.30pm.

Caister: A street party is taking place in Kipling Close. Around 80 people are expected to “bring-a-plate”. Attractions include a bouncy castle, children’s entertainer and tug of war. Contact 01493 728728.

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Cobholm: A street party is being organised for Stone Road. The road will be closed from 9am to 10pm.

Cobholm: Cobholm Community Centre will host a party with licensed bar including fancy dress, disco and barbecue food from 7pm. Tickets cost �2 adults and �1 children. Contact 01493 442336.

Gorleston: Street party being organised for Springfield Road from 12pm to 6pm on April 29.

Gorleston: A wide screen television will be installed in the lounge at St Augustine’s Place sheltered homes, with a special wedding day themed roast dinner at 12.30pm and a buffet party in the evening, followed by entertainment.

Gorleston: A wedding-themed garden party on Wadham Road will include a buffet and start at 2pm, with more than 40 family and friends expected to attend.

Great Yarmouth: Beer and cider festival at The Courtyard, Main Cross Road, from Thursday, April 28, to Sunday, May 1.

Hopton: Tickets have sold out for a children’s street party taking place on Sayers Green, which will feature a range of entertainment from 2-4.30pm including a Hopton Factor talent contest.

Ormesby St Margaret: A street party, which will see from Claymore gardens up Ranworth Drive closed to traffic from 3pm till late, will include a bouncy castle and a competition for the best decorated house. There will also be street games and a red white and blue dress code.

Stalham: A Royal Wedding street party and fair being held on the High Street from 2pm to 10pm, attractions include Stalham Brass Band, Punch and Judy, donkey rides, mini funfair, live music, free children’s games in town hall. Free afternoon tea for over-55s and under-11 residents of Stalham at 4pm.

Stokesby: The village hall will play host to morning celebrations from 10am till 2pm with a large screen on which to watch the wedding, while from 7.30pm there will be live music. Bring a plate of food. Contact 01493 750013.

Saturday, April 30

Acle: A private party for local care homes and sheltered housing in Acle Recreation Centre Main Hall will be followed by a public celebration from 3 to 5pm. The local youth orchestra will be performing and there is a red, white and blue dress code.

Tuesday, May 3

Southtown: A “right royal knees-up” at St Mary’s Church Hall, including a two course dinner, starting at 7.30pm. Entry is �4.