Observer Comment: Bexhill is gearing up for royal wedding

THERE'S plenty of scope to celebrate the royal wedding in Bexhill on the big day - Friday April 29.

Kate Middleton is set to sweep down the aisle in style to wed Prince William, and Bexhillians can show their support for the couple by attending the town’s only official street party in Victoria Road.

This event promises to be colourful and heart-warming, with morris dancing, face painting, tug of war, fancy dress and of course plenty of bunting.

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But you don’t need an official road closure order to mark the royal wedding, as many other organisations in the town have proved.

Bexhill Classic Cycle Group has teamed up with St Barnabus Church to make a guest appearance by riding up the aisle at the church’s royal wedding celebration, which includes watching the event on big screen in the church hall, a curry buffet and chocolate crunch cake - a childhood favourite of Prince William.

In the afternoon, the cyclists will be off to the Cooden Beach Hotel to show off their royal-themed costumes and enjoy a picnic.

St Peter’s Church is also throwing a party, with the wedding screened at the community centre followed by a bring and share meal. The church’s bellringers are set to ring the couple out of Westminster Abbey when the time comes, followed by a three-hour celebratory peal in the morning on the following day.

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Pebsham Primary School is holding a celebration and a royal roast lunch, and residents at St Michael’s Rest Home in Cooden Drive are ready to mark the day with cakes, hats and flags.

And if you’re in Bexhill town centre in the morning, keep an eye out for a gaggle of fun runners, some of whom will be dressed up in wedding outfits!

The weather promises to be warm and sunny for Kate and Wills - and if this turns out to be so it will be the icing on the cake for local celebrations as well as for the happy couple themselves.