ROYAL wedding fever is in full swing as people across the area put the finishing touches to their street party plans.
Flags and bunting have been tied in place, paper cups are poised and neighbours are crafting their finest triangular sandwiches to celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton tying the knot on Friday.
There are now 66 of these traditional outdoor events registered as taking place to mark the occasion branded the wedding of the year, as previously reported in The News.
Residents on Green Farm Gardens and Mark Close, in Hilsea, are amongst those putting on the party gear to celebrate the Royal union.
Neighbours are planning a traditional street party in their cul-de-sac with home-made food, bunting, flags, lucky dips, games for the children and a commemorative gift for the youngsters to remind them of the special day.
One of the organisers, Diane Brocks, 52, who has lived on Green Farm Gardens for 27 years, said residents were buzzing with excitement already.
She said: ‘People are really looking forward to the party and they even look forward to the meetings and bring along biscuits – they just love getting together.
‘We don’t really get a chance to see our neighbours that often so this is bringing everyone closer.
‘It’s made us realise we don’t need a reason to meet up, it’s something we should be doing anyway.
‘But the Royal wedding’s not just bringing communities closer together, it’s bring the country into unity too.
‘Everyone’s going to be celebrating together and that’s just what the country needs just now.
‘There’s nothing more uplifting than a wedding, especially one in the Royal family.’
If you’re having an event for the royal wedding call reporter Sheanne Mulholland on (023) 9262 2170 and don’t miss Saturday’s copy of The News for coverage of the spectacular event.