Getting together to enjoy big Royal day

Walsden Waggon and Horses Royal Wedding party - the guests assemble! April 2011
Walsden Waggon and Horses Royal Wedding party - the guests assemble! April 2011

STREET parties, screenings, bags of food and drink - Todmordians of all ages got together to celebrate Royal wedding day.

Some went to church - that’s the Unitarian Church - to watch the wedding on a big screen and raise a glass to the happy couple at a champagne reception, while Todmorden Market businesses ensured shoppers didn’t miss the ceremony with some television sets rigged up and some free goodies to sample while they shopped!

Neighbours took the chance to get together, chipping in to street parties like that at Meadow Street, Meadow Bottom, and others included Maitland Street, Walsden, and Martin Street and Stonemere, Todmorden.

Young and old alike celebrated, be it younger members of the community having fun making things for their own celebration, or senior citizens like those at Pennine Lodge and Asquith House, Burnley Road, who celebrated the day with a special meal - and Union Jack trimmings!

At the M and A Club@Shade School street party, the youngsters and staff enjoyed fish and chips followed by jelly and ice cream. They made their own hats and flags, decorated buns and enjoyed karaoke and dancing.

Todmorden Children’s Centre also held a street party with lots of activities going on, including decorated biscuits and a huge splatter painting in the patriotic colours. They made flags, had their faces painted, played party games and ate their meals outside.

Some events also raised money for charity. At Walsden Waggon and Horses many guests attended in wedding attire and enjoyed a buffet, live entertainment and a raffle, raising money for the Donna’s Dream House children’s charity.

Todmordians certainly knew how to celebrate and cheer Prince William and Kate Middleton - now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - into their married life.

l FOR more pictures of Todmorden people celebrating the big day, see page eleven