Plans for a community party in Bradley Stoke have been revealed following a meeting of the Town Council’s Leisure Youth and Amenities (LYA) Committee on Monday.
The event, which will take place between 10am and 3pm on Friday 29th April – to coincide with the wedding of HRH Prince William to Kate Middleton – is being jointly organised by Friends of Jubilee Green, event management company Re-energize and Bradley Stoke Town Council.
The centerpiece of the event, at the town’s Jubilee Centre complex, will be 14′ x 10′ outdoor big screen TV showing live coverage of the wedding. A variety of catering units will be on hand to feed the crowd as well as a beer tent for that celebratory tipple. Children’s entertainment will be provided with a puppet show before the wedding and party activities on the green in the afternoon.
A “wedding reception” will also be held inside the Jubilee Centre during the afternoon complete with disco and a Prince and Princess fancy dress competition for local children.
Chair of Friends of Jubilee Green Michelle Dent said:
“We are delighted to be involved in the organisation of this event. I remember the fun we had at a street perry for Charles and Diana’s wedding when I was younger and it’ll be greet to see a new generation celebrating as a community. “
“Our vision for the Jubilee Green has always been that it brings the community together and events such as this are e big part of that.”
Chair of the LYA Committee, Cllr Robert Jones, meanwhile explained why the Council are backing the project, saying:
“A big royal wedding is one of those ‘where were you when?’ occasions and we want to bring the community together for the celebration. For the children I’m sure it’ll be something they’ll remember all their lives, while older residents will no doubt recall happy memories from similar events of the past.”
Town Mayor, Cllr Ben Walker, who has been asked to open the event at 10am on the day added:
“Not only is this event a chance to celebrate in a truly British fashion, it will also be a showcase for the local groups in attendance and for the Jubilee Green itself.”
Speaking at Monday’s meeting, Michelle Dent said Re-energize are predicting a turnout of 1,500 to 2,000 people, although this might fall to around 200 in the event of bad weather, when a contingency plan will see most of the action move inside the Jubilee Centre.
The meeting was told that Re-energize would be applying for a street closure order for the stretch of Savages Wood Road leading up to the Jubilee Centre from Brook Way.
Funding for the Bradley Stoke Royal Wedding celebration party was approved at January’s meeting of Full Council by a narrow margin of four votes to three, with one abstention. One of the objectors, Cllr Roger Avenin (Conservative), later wrote to The Journal saying he was against the Council spending £4,500 to stage the event, “in the light of our current financial and economic conditions”.
Anyone preferring to organise their own Royal Wedding street party can find an abundance of useful information at streetparty.org.uk.
South Gloucestershire Council has waived the usual fee for road closures for street parties held on Friday 29th April.
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