Comedian returns to site of Gravesend Royal street party

PUBLISHED: 16:42 01 December 2010 | UPDATED: 08:49 02 December 2010

Comedian Paul James at Roehampton Close

Comedian Paul James at Roehampton Close


Comedian and radio presenter Paul James returned to the site of a Royal wedding street party almost 30 years ago and is adament the excitement will be repeated for Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Paul, from Chalk, attended a street party on Roehampton Close, Gravesend and remembers the huge optimism Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s big day created in the town in July 1981.

He said: “The atmosphere was fantastic, absolutely brilliant. The thing was that it was the same everywhere as well, this really up beat feeling.

“This time round for somewhere like here it will be the same again. Perhaps for some areas with all these big private houses you won’t get it, but little estates like this still have a close community and really come together.”

Working with the BBC on the day the former Gravesend Reporter employee, who is preparing to appear in the Woodville halls pantomime Cinderella this month, explained how he spent the morning in Sevenoaks before attending the Roehampton Close celebration. He added: “It was a hectic day and you can be sure journalists and entertainers won’t be having that day off for a bank holiday next April. The people on the street were extremely friendly and I remember having a good chat with a few of them before having to head to my next booking.”

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