Royal wedding fever to hit Budleigh Salterton

Royal wedding fever is about to hit Budleigh Salterton as the town gears up to plan its celebrations.

Many organisations are preparing to meet to discuss how Budleigh will mark next year’s wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.

Residents are being encouraged to add their ideas to a pot of proposals already being floated.

A weekend of celebrations could be in the pipeline as ideas for a street party or a party on The Green, a dance, cream tea and commemorative gifts for youngsters have been mooted.

The last time the town pulled out all the stops for a royal celebration was in 2002 when an outdoor party was held to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

Budleigh Salterton Town Council will next Monday discuss its involvement in the town’s celebrations during the council meeting, starting at 7pm.

The town’s Lion Club will raise the matter with members the following day.

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Budleigh Salterton Carnival Club also plans to be involved, organising activities which will appeal to the whole family.

Budleigh Salterton town clerk Jo Vanstone said: “It is still early stages, but the town council would like to get ideas from other people about what they would like to happen.”

Julie Meredith, of Budleigh Carnival Club, said hosting a royal tea had been suggested by club members.

She said: “We can’t let a royal wedding just go by - it would be wrong.

“A street party would be great fun and we could end with a disco in the evening.”

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