SOLIHULL was a sea of red, white and blue last Friday (April 29) as young and old celebrated the Royal Wedding with a host of street parties.
From tiny tots with painted faces to grannies and grandads enjoying a good old cuppa, the borough put on a patriotic show and reminded us all of how proud we are to be British.
In Dickens Heath, around 100 neighbours gathered from Boundary Lane and Old Dickens Heath Road to enjoy a bouncy castle, face painting, barbecue, music, afternoon tea, team games and a fancy dress parade while residents in Ulverly Green Road, Olton also pulled out all the stops.
They kicked off the day with two competitions to find the most patriotically decorated house and the most unusual wedding guest scarecrow. The legendary ‘Elvis’ emerged the clear winner for the latter.
MP Lorely Burt MP opened the event with a champagne toast followed by a children’s fancy dress parade. Residents also enjoyed music, a balloon race, photography competition and plenty of food and drink.
Over at the Rowington Club, members celebrated with a 12 hour marathon party for the whole village with complimentary food and drink and a cricket match to boot. Guests enjoyed a barbecue breakfast, pig roast and afternoon tea with cakes made by members of the Rowington Women’s Institute. There was also a royal fancy dress competition.
In Abbots Close, Knowle, more than 100 people set up tables for neighbours and friends where fun activities on offer included tennis lessons with an experienced tennis coach, a street quiz and face painting.
Over £400 was raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care from the proceeds of the entry fee of £5 per household and the sale of raffle and tombola.
And local schools rolled out the red carpet for nearby residents with pupils and teachers at Berkswell Primary School throwing a street party for 40 villagers.
Children enjoyed party games and all took advantage of the chance to have a photograph with a life-like cardboard cut- out of the happy couple. A maypole dancing demonstration was held by older pupils.
A Royal Ball also took place in Berkswell village hall and villagers organised a second street party for locals.
Marston Green Junior School dedicated a whole day to celebrating the nuptials of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Pupils and staff dressed as wedding guests and sang the national anthem.
Youngsters spent the day making bunting, flags, designing wedding cakes and a wedding dress for Kate and feasted on crudités, royal biscuits and toasting juice during a street party held in the playground.