Search

Gravesend gets into Royal Wedding spirit

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 May 2018

The town has seen a lot of excitement for the wedding. Picture: Archant

The town has seen a lot of excitement for the wedding. Picture: Archant

Archant

Royal Wedding fever has hit Gravesend as residents gear up for a traditional British celebration ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s highly-anticipated union this Saturday.

The town's shops have been decorated wahead of the Royal Wedding. Picture: ArchantThe town's shops have been decorated wahead of the Royal Wedding. Picture: Archant

Many of the town’s businesses, as well as the borough market, are going all out to ensure the day is fit for royalty.

The market especially is fabulously decorated with royal memorabilia, bunting, cardboard cut-outs and flags which are lining the stools in preparation for the screening of the event, which will be shown there live on the day.

Denice Stannard works at Forget-me-not Vintage and Crafts store in the town centre, which has been enveloped in royal items and decorations.

She said: “There has been a lot of excitement around Gravesend for the wedding.

Abby Worthy has been market assitant for a year. Picture: ArchantAbby Worthy has been market assitant for a year. Picture: Archant

“The community here is very good for its events, and people tend to come from all over to join in.”

The market is buzzing with pre-wedding preparation, and traders who work on the stools are all looking forward to the big event.

Matilda Glendenning, who has only been working in the market for a week, said: “The build-up has been good, everyone is really looking forward to it.

“Our community here as a group are good at throwing parties for things like this.”

Royal decorations outside Froget-me-not Vintage and Crafts. Picture: ArchantRoyal decorations outside Froget-me-not Vintage and Crafts. Picture: Archant

From 10am on Saturday, May 19, the market will be hosting many fun activities for all the family, including a make your own crown craft workshop; cupcake decorating classes; cream teas; a prosecco truck and face painting.

Residents are being invited to come dressed as a prince or princess, with a chance to win a fantastic prize once the Mayor has judged the outfits at 2pm.

Market trader Miley Begum said: “I will be here on Saturday and will be offering to do some Henna for people.

“Here in the market they do events really well - we get a lot of footfall with stuff going on all the time.”

Many royal displays have been created in shop windows. Picture: ArchantMany royal displays have been created in shop windows. Picture: Archant

Abby Worthy has been market assistant about a year, and has been heavily involved in the preparations.

She said: “We love to bring people together in the market and we love attracting new visitors who may not realise how good it is.”

Market coordinator Sarah Cheshire said: “To have such a big event in the market will really bring everyone together.

“Royal Wedding celebrations always create such nice memories for everyone - it will be a great way to celebrate, it will be such a fun atmosphere with all the activities we have planned.

“We’re all really looking forward to it - it should be a great day.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Gravesend Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Gravesend Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Gravesend Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News

19:39

On a day when young, top-order batsmen shone for their respective clubs, Zak Crawley hit a fluent 56 not out to give Kent the advantage on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Glamorgan in Canterbury.

The quality of care provided by a Dartford GP surgery has been found to be Inadequate by a Care Quality Commission inspection.

Yesterday, 17:38

A clubber enraged at being thrown out threatened to kill bouncers before driving his car into a crowded dance floor at a Gravesend nightclub, a court has been told.

Yesterday, 16:01

Kent Police are investigating a report that a man attempted to rob a newsagent in Dartford.

Yesterday, 15:52

Police have closed three lanes on the Dartford Bridge following a two-vehicle collision which happened at 2.20pm today.

Yesterday, 10:10

A pink dressing gown worn by a burglar as he left the crime scene has helped jail him for five years and three months.

Most read

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Gravesend Reporter e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Gravesend Reporter twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24