UNION flags fluttered and the streets were full of regal paraphernalia as royal wedding fever gripped the town.
Not even the threat of showers could dampen the town’s wedding spirit as hundreds packed into Princes Park and communities across the town gathered for street parties. Scenes of the great and the good piling into Westminster Abbey to witness Prince William and Catherine Middleton tie the royal knot were beamed to a captivated audience in Princes Park as celebrations got under way.
Decked out in red, white and blue Eastbourne’s residents stood for a rousing rendition of the national anthem and raised a hearty cheer for the much-anticipated balcony kiss as they tucked into their picnics.
Eastbourne Borough Council tourism development manager Annie Wills said, “What another fantastic weekend we have enjoyed here in Eastbourne.
“Not only did the sun shine for the big day but the crowds came out in force to witness the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton and it was brilliant to watch everybody celebrating together.”
Party-planners managed to prise themselves away from their television sets to kick off their street parties across the town.
Fourteen of Eastbourne Borough Council’s approved parties saw at least 1,600 residents gather for a good old-fashioned knees-up.
Roads were blocked by trestle tables and lined with bunting in a show of community spirit.
Residents played games, listened to music and feasted as the royal couple enjoyed their reception in Buckingham Palace.
Vicki Cowen, who headed Manvers Road’s celebrations, said almost 300 people pitched up for their street party – double the expected turn-out.
Guests dined in the road and decorated their houses with flags and bunting and Eastbourne mayor Carolyn Heaps made a guest appearance to judge the winner.
Children and adults alike took part in egg and spoon races and a royal wedding parade to kick off their celebrations.
Mrs Cowen, 37, said, “It was fantastic.
“It was our first street party and we will certainly be doing it again next year. Everyone had a great day.”