17 MarRoyal Wedding – No Bunting for Some

Despite excitement across the world for April’s royal wedding, it seems that not all of the UK’s communities will be celebrating Wills and Kate’s nuptials.

And in some parts of the UK, councils have been accused of being too stringent with their rules on bunting and other decorations, meaning residents are shying away from street parties, and other events.

One such council is Medway Council – organisers of an event in Rochester, Kent reportedly gave-up on the idea of a street part after receiving a 30-point checklist.

And there were similar problems in the village of Wix, just over the county border, as Essex County Council shunned the idea of closing the village’s main road for a street party.

However, events are going ahead in many places across the UK, including in Henley-on-Thames, where bunting usually reserved for the town’s summer regatta, is to be put up early to mark the big day.

Other towns that have confirmed street parties and fêtes include Cleethorpes, and Bournemouth.

Sarah Lonsdale, an organiser of the Cleethorpes’ street party, said: “We think it is great opportunity to get people together. There are a lot of children down this street and it would be great to make it a really memorable occasion for them. It is also a great chance to get to know the neighbours.”

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