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Gravesend gets in the Royal Wedding spirit

PUBLISHED: 14:48 28 April 2011 | UPDATED: 15:17 28 April 2011

Riverview Primary School pupils had fun in the sun at the Royal Wedding parade. Year four's William Higgs, Annabel Goldberg, Ani Morell and Abigail Lockwood

Riverview Primary School pupils had fun in the sun at the Royal Wedding parade. Year four's William Higgs, Annabel Goldberg, Ani Morell and Abigail Lockwood

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Royal Wedding celebrations started early when more than 500 school children paraded regal artwork through the town in a celebration of Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day.

Organised by Kent Equality Cohesion Council, the parade, held this morning, began at St George’s Church snaking through the town to finish at the newly finished off at the Civic Square, Gravesend, where cucumber sandwiches, coffee and cake were served.

In the afternoon, those gathered in the square where treated to a free concert from a Queen tribute band.

Gurvinder Sandher, director of the Cohesion Council, said: “The whole idea was doing something to celebrate the Royal Wedding and the whole community could come together and I think we achieved that. William is our future King so I think it is important to celebrate this occasion and hopefully it will be something the children remember being part of.”

Pupils from St Botolphs Primary, Riverview Junior School, Thamesview, Saint George’s, Wrotham Road Primary, Rosherville CE Primary, Istead Rise Primary, Ifield Special School, Dover Road Primary and Riverview Infant School took part.

Ani Morell, 9, from Riverview Junior School, carried a wedding cake made in art class through the streets.

She said: “I think the wedding is going to be a wonderful day and I hope William and Kate live happily ever after.”

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