NEIGHBOURHOODS across St Helens are preparing for a right royal bash after the deadline passed for street parties.
St Helens Council has received 17 applications for road closures as folk plan to celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton tying the knot on April 29.
Party organisers could apply to the council until April 15 after town hall chiefs agreed to waive any charges.
Janice Parry of Haydock, is planning a huge street party outside her home in Elizabeth Road,
Although she has not applied for a road closure, she’s gone to great lengths to ensure her bash will live long in the memories of her family and friends.
She said: “I’ve pulled out all the stops because I really want to do something that my grandchildren will look back on and say ‘remember the party we had at the Royal wedding’.”
Mrs Parry, 55, a cleaner at Tesco in Haydock, has even prepared her own super-sized paper mache wedding cake!
“It took me a couple of days to get it ready and it will have pride of place on the wedding day,” she added.
The council has agreed to waive the usual traffic regulation order (TRO) fees, for one day only on April 29.
Roads will be blocked off for street parties for up to 12 hours.
And party-loving St Heleniers have really got in the spirit of the royal wedding with a last minute rush of applications.
A council spokeswoman said: “Three weeks ago only five applications had been received but a last minute rush saw that figure boosted to 17 as the council extended the deadline by a day.
“On the day the council will be flying the Union Jack to celebrate the occasion while the Mayor, Councillor Neil Taylor is writing a letter of congratulations to the royal couple on behalf of the borough.”
Our photographers will be out and about on the day of the Royal wedding capturing the best of the atmosphere across St Helens for a special souvenir supplement on the Royal wedding street parties in next week’s edition.