Traditional party food, fun and games as little ones mark Royal day

WAVING FLAGS Staff and children get ready for their Royal wedding party at Twinkle Stars Nursery in Chichester Road, Portsmouth.    Picture: Steve Reid (110909-507)
WAVING FLAGS Staff and children get ready for their Royal wedding party at Twinkle Stars Nursery in Chichester Road, Portsmouth. Picture: Steve Reid (110909-507)
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ROYAL wedding fever has got these tiny tots excited as they prepare their own ‘street party’ for Prince William’s big day.

The youngsters at Star Day Nursery, Chichester Road, North End, are hosting the event to mark the prince’s wedding to Kate Middleton on April 29.

The children, aged three months to four years old, will take part in many traditional games in the nursery’s car park, including an egg and spoon race and sack race.

Then they’ll settle down with staff to watch the wedding ceremony.

There will also be a bouncy castle, musical games such as musical chairs and a staff tug-of-war at the end of the day.

Manager Charlotte Leigh said: ‘We’re all really excited about it, especially the children who have been talking about it a lot.

‘It’s an important day; they’ve probably never experienced anything like it, and they might never again because most parents don’t celebrate Royal events like they used to 50 years ago.

‘So we thought it would be nice for them to celebrate with us and keep the tradition going.’

Staff agreed to keep the nursery open on the bank holiday so that children whose parents were working could still join in the celebrations.

Flags, hats and bunting are already being made by the children and a host of sandwiches, cakes and other party food will be made for the day.

The children will be dressed in red, white and blue and tables will also be decorated with patriotic colours and balloons.

Miss Leigh and owner Lorraine Gahagan will dress up as a bride and groom to help develop the kids’ understanding of the event.

Mrs Gahagan said: ‘I’ll be wearing a suit and Charlotte will wear a wedding dress and we’re going to re-enact the service to help the children get a feel for what’s actually going on.

‘We want to create something that they can remember and help them recognise that there’s something big going on in the world.

‘It’s an important day in history, and it’s one they will remember for the rest of their lives so we really want to bring them all together and make it a thoroughly enjoyable day.’