Gravesend church crowd cheer royal couple

PUBLISHED: 13:28 29 April 2011

Benjamin Cheetham, 4, watching the bride arriving. Picture by Andy Barnes.

Benjamin Cheetham, 4, watching the bride arriving. Picture by Andy Barnes.


Princes, princesses and knights were among a sea of people wearing red, white and blue who stood up, cheered and clapped as Royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton arrived at Westminster Abbey shortly after 11am today.

Although this crowd didn’t have a ticket to the big event in the capital, they had their own church ceremony at Christ Church, in Gravesend’s Old Road East and watched the ceremony unfold on a giant screen set up above the central aisle.

“ She looks stunning, absolutely fantastic” said John Hougham from the church, who together with others had helped organise the community event, which included a fancy hat parade, tug-of-war competition, karaoke and sit-down feast.

“We’re thrilled that so many people from the local community have come along to join us and are cheering and smiling, that’s what a church is for,” he added.

Five-year-old Grace Fay said: “I’ve come dressed as Kate but I wanted her to wear pink.”

Eight year old Henry Bower from Parrock Avenue was at the church with his mum Deborah and sister Sophie, five. “I had a royal wedding party at school yesterday and I’m here to have fun today,” he said.

Fellow organisers Debbie Carter and David Williams were at the venue as early as 8am putting up bunting. Debbie said: “I don’t think any of us slept much last night but there’s a great community spirit which has made it all worthwhile.”

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