Town gets ready for a royal extravaganza

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RUGBY is preparing for a day of celebrations across the town tomorrow (Friday) to celebrate the royal wedding of the decade.

The main event is being organised by Rugby Borough Council which has teamed up with the Clock Towers Shopping Centre, Rugby First, Rugby FM and the Rugby Street Pastors to give residents their very own royal wedding party. The event will start off in the town centre with Rugby FM’s Buzz Box where there will be an opportunity to meet the team and record messages for the happy couple. Young princes and princesses (under the age of ten) will also have the chance to win shopping vouchers if they are among the first 50 to turn up and show off their fancy dress from 9am. A trail of crowns through the town will provide another chance for visitors of all ages to win prizes.

From lunchtime the fun and games will move to Caldecott Park where there will be live music from Molly Brown and the Lamps. There will also be circus rides, face painting, sumo wrestling, football coaching, wedding book signing a hog roast and a barbecue.

Other events taking place across the town including a party in Buchanan Road Park and street parties in Catesby Road, Eastfield Place and Lawrence Road. Across the borough parties will take place in Main Street, Frankton; Church Street, Marton; Popular Grove, Ryton and Orwell Close, Clifton.

Pub events include a party at the Merchant’s Inn in Little Church Street, a royal garden party at the Black Horse Inn in Bilton from 10.30am, a Mad Hatter’s tea party at the Bank in Bank Street from 10am and family fun and games at the Barley Mow in Newbold from 10.30am.

A royal wedding garden party will be held at Sedlescombe Park and Wolston Grange from 12.30pm, while Elmhurst in Hillmorton Road will host a fete from 11am to 2pm. Elsewhere Butlers Leap Table restaurant is offering free meals to children dressed up as a prince or princess tomorrow (terms and conditions apply).

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