Dig out the 40s gladrags to hit this royal party

CELEBRATING Landlady Kate Preston (centre) with staff Rosie Williams (left) and Margita Kalniete
CELEBRATING Landlady Kate Preston (centre) with staff Rosie Williams (left) and Margita Kalniete
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PUNTERS and pub workers alike are gearing up for a Royal wedding party – 1940s style.

Those behind the bar at The Wellington in Old Portsmouth on April 29 will be dressed the part with their 40s frocks and hair-dos while customers have been asked to dress up in their old-fashioned attire too.

The pub will be decked in flags and bunting and there will be a live show from the Three Belles – a group of University of Portsmouth students who sing and perform in the style of the era – to mark Prince William and Kate Middleton tying the knot.

Landlady Kate Preston said: ‘There’s not that many street parties going on in Old Portsmouth so I just thought this would be a nice way to bring a street party into the pub and celebrate the day.

‘The customers are all excited about it and have reacted really positively to the whole thing.

‘It’s important to celebrate the Royal wedding because it is part of our culture and heritage, and it’s nice to have something positive to look forward to for a change.’

The Three Belles – consisting of Isabelle Moore, 21, Sally Taylor, 21 and Anneka Wass, 21, all from Southsea – will sing Andrews Sisters cover songs and a range of jazzy 40s classics.

The group formed in September last year as part of a university task to create a business linked to the girls’ course in creative performing arts.

Isabelle said: ‘We didn’t expect it to take off the way it has so it is a real honour to be putting on a show for something as important and significant and the Royal wedding.’

If you’re hosting a Royal wedding event, call (023) 9262 2170.