ROYAL Wedding fever is starting to take hold in Morpeth with just three weeks to the big day.
When Prince William and Kate Middleton walk up the aisle at Westminster Abbey on April 29, the celebrations will reach Westhill in Morpeth with a street party in The Pastures.
The town centre will not miss out, with various wedding-related activities taking place at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.
And Morpeth knitters are also getting in on the action by making their own Royal Wedding collection, complete with corgis.
Children are taking the lead for the Westhill celebrations as they plan out every detail of their party.
The youngsters, who are aged between six and 12, decided to organise the event after overhearing their parents chatting about their own street parties for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981 and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.
The children immediately went door to door asking if neighbours would be in favour of an event to mark William and Kate’s big day, and after a resounding yes, they have come up with a range of ideas for activities, competitions and food, and are trawling the internet looking for bunting, face paints and decorations.
Ten-year-old Connor Barclay said: “The adults sort of came up with the idea first because they were talking about their parties and we thought it would be nice for us to have something for this Royal Wedding.
“We just decided why not do this and make it quite big?
“We went from the top of the street all the way down to the house on the corner and asked people what they thought. We had 13 to 15 yeses and only two people said no, one of those will be away. If people weren’t in we put down a maybe.”
Residents will watch the wedding on their own televisions before coming into the street for food and fun, dressed in patriotic red, white and blue. One neighbour has agreed to make a wedding cake and each household will provide party food.
Ideas put forward for activities range from traditional games, such as apple bobbing, tug of war and running races, to penalty shoot-outs, water fights and wheelie bin races. The children also hope to have fireworks or Chinese lanterns for the evening.
And if it rains, residents have their own collection of gazebos.
Connor said: “When we came up with the idea the wedding seemed a long way off, but it is coming quite quickly now.
“Every day when we come home from school we are going to have to go on the internet to find bunting and flags and everything else we need.
“We are more excited about the party than the wedding, but it is about the tradition and we will remember this for the rest of our lives.”
His friend Cameron Clover, also ten, was first on board to help organise the event.
He said: “Connor told me about it and I thought it would be a good idea to do something to celebrate the wedding.
“We will all help and we will all be working quite a lot to get it organised.
“We are very excited about it. I’m not going to be here for most of the Easter holidays so it will be good to come back to something like this.
“We’ll have flags out and lights up and balloons and everything.”
Resident Paula Cromar, whose six-year-old son Joseph is involved in the party planning, said: “I was just having a conversation with my neighbour about our own Royal Wedding party for Charles and Diana and the boys overheard the conversation. Now everybody is involved. We really didn’t expect them to do anything like this.
“The children are all looking forward to it and everybody is coming together.”
Residents have now applied for a licence from Northumberland County Council to close their road for the event.