Burnley and Padiham on Royal wedding countdown

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Witton Country Park, Blackburn.
Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Witton Country Park, Blackburn.

ROYAL wedding fever is starting to grip Burnley as Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day approaches.

Seven street parties have been registered with Burnley Council and many more are expected to be held privately on Friday, to celebrate the Royal wedding being held at Westminster Abbey.

Meanwhile, shops in Burnley are stocking up on memorabilia, bunting and party hats in preparation for the big day, which has been declared a national holiday.

Although there are not expected to be as many street parties as the last big Royal wedding in 1981 when Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, plenty of Burnley royalists are still getting in the spirit.

Worsthorne Primary School is staging its own mock royal wedding the day before with aptly named pupil William Woodruff (5) taking the part of the prince, and classmate Emma Clarkson (5) playing the role of Kate Middleton in the ceremony at St John the Evangelist Church.

Other pupils will play roles such as the Queen and Archbishop of Canterbury before a procession back to the school for a party.

Headteacher Mrs Louise Young said: “The children have been very enthusiastic. It will be nice for them to play an active part and we are having a party in the school afterwards. The parents have also been very supportive.”

Also in Worsthorne, on the day of the wedding, the Bay Horse pub has organised a fete in the village square for everyone to celebrate.

One of the street parties being held is at Scott Park Road, where neighbours have banded together.

Resident Mrs Lynda Clegg said: “Royal weddings and the chance for communities to celebrate events together don’t come around very often so we thought this would be a good idea.”

The day after the wedding, Heather Grange Care Home is holding a Royal Garden Party with some of the proceeds for Pendleside Hospice.