Brent residents take to their streets to celebrate the Royal Wedding
Eleven street parties were held throughout the borough
Brent was awash with red and white and blue this weekend as residents came together to celebrate the Royal Wedding in a series of street parties.
As crowds gathered outside Westminster Abbey to catch a glimpse of Katherine Middleton wedding her Prince William, blue blooded residents in Brent hung up their bunting and union jack flags, an marked the special day in their own roads.
Some eleven streets held parties to celebrate the Royal Wedding.
In King’s Road, Willesden, children with union jacks painted on their face, joined dozens of residents in a synchronised zoomba – a Latin dance.
Richard Bailey, a photographer who helped organise the King’s Road street party, said: “It was more than brilliant, it was fantastic.
“Everybody came out of their houses, brought a long food, and had a great time.
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“My children loved it. Everybody moved their cars so the kids could cycle and run about on the road, it was really great. The whole community really came together.”
Emulating the Royal couple’s decision to ask for charity donations for their wedding gifts, residents in King’s Road raised nearly �750 for St Mungo’s homeless charity, which has a hostel a few minutes walk away in Pound Lane.
“The idea wasn’t to make money, but we got money for food donations and the bric a brac stall and we wanted to give it to a charity. I occasionally work for the charity and it seemed right to do something that would benefit others.”
And with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee taking place next year, talk has already turned to plans for another Royal street party.
Mr Bailey, who lives with his wife and three children in King’s Road, said: “I am not the biggest royalist, but it is the perfect excuse fore everybody to get together and have a great time.”
Meanwhile residents in Kilvarock Street, Queen’s Park lay on a feast fit for a King in their street party.
Girls took their cue from Ms Middleton and dressed as princesses for the celebration, and tucked into some regal Victoria Sponge.
And young students at Roe Green Primary School in Princes Avenue, Kingsbury, wore their own home-made tiaras and crowns at a picnic out on to celebrate the big day.
Children gathered at Chalkhill Primary School in Barnhill Road, Wembley, got their first taste of a Royal Wedding knees up.