Community spirit alive and well at royal wedding party

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THE royal wedding celebrations got underway early in Fareham when a special garden party was held at a museum.

Children and their parents queued outside to get into Westbury Manor Museum on Thursday.

DRESSED UP From left, Jazmin Thomas, Violet Heath and Suzie Higgs

DRESSED UP From left, Jazmin Thomas, Violet Heath and Suzie Higgs

The museum and Fareham Borough Council had organised an event to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Tom De Wit, curator of the museum, said: ‘It’s really nice for the town to be able to come together.

‘We decided to have it a week before the wedding because we didn’t want to stop people celebrating with their families.

‘It gives them a chance to come out here and get into the spirit of things.

‘Having it the week before makes it easier for kids and families to come.’

As part of the event, children and adults dressed up, children took part in a colouring competition, made boats and made special ceramic souvenir tiles for the royal wedding.

A children’s entertainer was also on board to provide music.

‘From our perspective we are using the national celebration to bring the community together,’ added Tom.

‘If we bring people together for an event like this, it’s positive.

‘We want to bring life back into the town centre.’

And there was a retro feel to the party, with old fashioned vehicles parked outside, and hopscotch on the pavement.

Councillor Connie Hockley also attended the party.

‘I think it’s brilliant,’ she said.

‘This is real community spirit. It’s drawing together all sorts of people that would normally mix.

‘It’s just superb and it’s right in the centre of Fareham. People were queuing to come in.’

Bryony Brown, from Old Turnpike in Fareham, and her two daughter Lucy, six, and Charlotte, four, took part in the celebrations.

She said: ‘We wanted to come out and celebrate the Royal Wedding. It’s a lovely sense of community, just like the old fashioned street parties.

‘It’s lovely weather and there’s lots of children here having lots of fun.’

Sabrina Surry, 26, from Vixen Close in Fareham, brought along her daughter Jazmin Thomas, three.

She said: ‘I wanted to celebrate the royal party. It’s good, it’s something different.’