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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

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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: Archant The 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: Archant Abby 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: Archant Royal 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: Archant Many 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.”

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