PARTYING residents painted Northumberland red, white and blue as Royal Wedding celebrations took off in style.
In Hartburn, more than 100 people met in St Andrew’s Church car park, with residents joined by those from neighbouring villages, as well as tourists.
Church organist Margaret Elliott turned her skills to the accordion to get everyone in the party spirit.
Parishioner Peter Heatherington said: “There was a good turnout. There was no charge for anything, everyone was just welcomed along.
“One of our residents, David Walker, owns a steam roller and he called in on the way back from the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering so that was an added attraction at the last minute.
“It was a lovely day and people just enjoyed getting together. It was a good excuse for the community to turn out.”
In The Pastures in Morpeth it was the children who organised the party — and they did not disappoint, with flags and decorations, games, a tea party and an evening barbecue.
Resident Paula Cromar said: “It went really well. The whole street came out and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
“We had loads of bunting, flags and Union Jack windmills so there was a good atmosphere and the street was closed all day, which was brilliant.”
Celebrations started early at Golden Sands Holiday Park in Cresswell.
Caravanners and park owners Nigel and Sandra Thompson worked through the night to deck the site with Royal Wedding memorabilia and started the party at 6am with champagne and bacon sandwiches. Mary Rutherford baked 400 cupcakes, as well as a wedding cake.
Mr Thompson said: “It was a fantastic day and one we will never forget.
“The Royal Family are a national institution and we were proud to be celebrating the wedding of Catherine and William in true Golden Sands style.”
In Tritlington, Corinna Reed and Kerry Lockwood organised a garden party which included games such as tug-of-war and egg and spoon races.
Mrs Reed said: “It went really well and all the 25 adults and children who attended enjoyed the day.
“The men’s outfits included a Buckingham Palace guard, a St George’s knight and a gentlemen’s suit complete with bowler hat, whilst the ladies wore wedding dresses and outfits.”
Staff at Sainsbury’s Ponteland went to work either dressed in patriotic colours or in the theme of Kings and Queens.
They also staged a canteen party and contributed to a cake stall with a Royal Wedding theme to raise funds for their Local Charity of the Year, which will be announced in the next two weeks.
A spokesman said: “Royal Wedding fever has certainly hit the store in a big way as not only did colleague Melanie Williams become engaged to her boyfriend Neil in the same week as the Royal couple, but Team Leader Nathan Harmer also proposed to his girlfriend Tara in the week leading up to the Royal Wedding.”
The historic event was shown on a big screen both in Morpeth Town Hall and the New Life Christian Centre in Dacre Street.