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Residents take to the streets in celebration

UNION Jacks will be flying in over 20 roads today, as Solihull celebrates the Royal Wedding.

UNION Jacks will be flying in over 20 roads today, as Solihull celebrates the Royal Wedding.

There will be 23 street parties to celebrate the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Sharon Battersby, from Culverley Crescent, Knowle is expecting a sea of red, white and blue in the normally quiet road.

“A neighbour and I came up with the idea of trying to organise a street party just before Christmas,” she said.

“So far we are going great guns – we will be closing the road off from midday with the party starting at 3pm until the evening.

“It’s been fantastic how so many residents in our road have got behind the idea and have contributed to the organisation of the party. It’s also been a lovely way of getting to know each other.”

Joan Davies, from Monkspath, said the road closure figures didn’t take into account lots of smaller gatherings.

“I’ve spoken to lots of people who’ve got events planned. I’m very much a royalist and so’s my husband. We’ve had lots of parties in the past, for things like the VE Day anniversary, and we’ll probably have another for the Diamond Wedding next year.”

Many schoolchildren have also been getting into the swing of things, including pupils at Marston Green Junior School. Yesterday the youngsters buried a time capsule, held a party in the playground and created a flower display in the shape of the Union Jack.

And to top it all off there are a few couples who are tying the knot today – including Meriden’s Kerry McCall and Simon Beechener. Simon, aged 27, proposed to Kerry, 25, beneath the Eiffel Tower and they will marry at Ardencote Manor, near Claverdon.

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