Town set for right royal knees-up

PARTY-PLANNERS are itching to deck out their streets with trestle tables, unfurl the bunting and toast the royal couple as the big day approaches.

After initial fears that Eastbourne Borough Council’s red tape would scupper the town’s widespread festivities, the green light has been granted to 14 official street parties as needless bureaucracy made way for good old-fashioned common sense.

Many more off-street parties are also expected to transform Eastbourne into a royal wedding party-town on April 29.

Herald editor-in-chief Keith Ridley said, “The street parties are great news.

“We always knew that Eastbourne would rise to the challenge and we are confident there will be many more off-street parties on the day. It will mean many thousands of local people enjoying what will be a historic day.

“The sense of community will be tremendous. Let’s all hope for a fun time.”

Schools and nurseries are planning a starter for next Friday’s much-anticipated wedding, as they hold mock street parties in their playgrounds with games and party food.

Council licensing manager Kareen Plympton said, “We want everyone to enjoy their street parties and our website contains practical tips on how to plan a party so it’s well managed and a success.

“A special event like this, that brings neighbours and communities together to share food, games and music, is cause for a celebration and is to be encouraged.”

The Herald would still like to hear from you if you are planning a party. Please call 414486 to let us know.

Eastbourne Borough Council will show the Royal Wedding on a giant screen in Princes Park on April 29. People can enjoy picnics and live music.