Church gets into spirit of big day

ST PETER'S community centre, in Bexhill's Old town, decked the halls and put out the bunting, welcoming all ages to join in the royal wedding celebrations.

Flags, large and small, decorated the the local community centre and the large crowd, who turned up to celebrate the occassion, enjoyed the day’s events events thanks to a new big screen and audio visual equipment installed in time for the wedding.

People arrived early to have coffee, settle in, and view the historic events in London. When the wedding ceremony commenced, the Order of Service was displayed on another screen to enable everyone to sing along with the hymns.

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Several people dressed in patriotic red, white and blue, and some children had made hats to celebrate the occasion. Well wishers joined in the proceedings with clapping and cheering.

As the newly married couple emerged from the Abbey, St Peter’s bell ringers simultaneously rang the church’s bells alongside those in London. Returning to the church the following day they rang a Quarter Peal, lasting three hours, to celebrate the occasion.

Churchwarden, Judith Platt said the event was a great success: “Whilst waiting for the much-anticipated balcony appearance, a bring and share lunch of St Peter’s usual high standard was enjoyed by all.

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this communal occasion and was pleased with the hall’s new equipment. It will be used regularly at St Peter’s informal weekly Sunday service, TFG, and other church events, as well as being an added attraction for those who wish to hire the hall.”