With just days until the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, organisers across the county are putting finishing touches to their street parties, supported by Nottinghamshire County Council waiving normal road closure fees for the occasion.
27 streets are set to be closed to allow communities to celebrate the big day – with events including a mock-up wedding, giant screens showing the event in local churches and even football shoot-outs.
The Council will be providing organisers with traffic signs for use on the day of the celebrations. Highways staff will deliver signs to a pre-arranged address and collect them afterwards.
Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to play our part in making it easier for communities to hold street parties by waiving the usual fees.”
Janet Enever, who was recently crowned the county’s ‘community champion’ for her fantastic community work, is masterminding a mock-up wedding in the local church in Brinsley, near Eastwood.
Local youngsters are set to dress up as the bride, groom, vicar and bridesmaids, with residents encouraged to wave and cheer as the young ‘royal’ couple pass them on a decorated cart, pulled by a Shetland pony.
Janet said “It’s been brilliant the way we have been able to arrange for our road, Church Walk, to be closed without being charged by the Council.”
Orston Parish Council is a planning to screen the wedding in the local church. Chairman Will Gunn said,
“We are hoping the whole village will gather in the St Mary’s Church to watch the wedding on a giant screen, hopefully dressed in their wedding finery, as if they are part of the congregation.
“After the service there will be a street party outside the village pub with games and competitions galore.
“Knowing that we can have the road closed outside the pub has made the day a lot easier to plan.”
Meanwhile on Temple Drive in Nuthall, dozens of residents are set to join a huge street party and enjoy activities such as sack racing, football shoot-outs and face painting.
Temple Drive resident and party organiser, Mick Haynes said,
“ The street will be raising money for MIND and Arches – a homeless charity – which we hope would appeal to the royal couple.
It’s great that we have been able to close our road, as it’s a fairly long street, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to hold many of our planned activities.”
Nottinghamshire street closures on Saturday 19 May
• Lime Tree Avenue – Retford
• Kilton Close – Worksop
• Abingdon Gardens – Chillwell
• Elm Avenue – Beeston
• Lancaster Avenue – Stapleford
• Farm Road – Chilwell
• Thorndike Close – Beeston
• Church Walk – Brinsley
• Waverley Avenue – Beeston
• Grange Road – Woodthorpe
• Barden Road – Woodthorpe
• St Helens Grove – Burton Joyce
Newark & Sherwood:
• Chapel Lane – Farnsfield
• Sydney Gardens – Newark
• Linton Close – Newark
• Patrick Road – West Bridgford
• Priory Road – West Bridgford
• Kingswood Road – West Bridgford
• Rutland Road – West Bridgford
• Sherbourne Road – West Bridgford
• Henry Road – West Bridgford
• Laughton Avenue – West Bridgford
• Villiers Road – West Bridgford
• Byron Road – West Bridgford
• Highbury Road – Keyworth
• Grange Avenue – Ruddington
• Church Street – Orston
There have been no road closure requests from Mansfield or Ashfield areas.