Memory Lane: Bunting fun for Royal Wedding

Malvern Avenue, Carleton to celebrate the Royal wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981
Malvern Avenue, Carleton to celebrate the Royal wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981
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THERE is nothing like a good street party for getting neighbours together for a knees-up, according to reader Pauline Nicholls.

She says: “Ours was 30 years ago in Maldern Avenue, Carleton, and was a huge success and great fun.”

Pauline adds: “Of course, an excuse is needed and there is none better than a Royal Wedding, which should see people putting out bunting on Friday when Prince William marries Kate Middleton. In our case, it was the wedding of Prince William’s parents, Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.”

The colourful event was held in what had once been the farmyard of Lower Kilshaw Farm – Pauline’s home.

She recalls: “We had a Jacob’s Join with food and drinks bought by everyone. Music was piped from the house, and even the local dogs joined in. Some of us dressed up in red, white and blue and a few of our pet dogs wore Union flag jackets. One of the neighbours, Kathleen Hesketh, was brave enough to sew a Union Jack on to the back of her knickers, something that was caught for posterity for the cameras with me pretending to give her a slap! The youngest guest was Karla, only a few months old, and who is now soon to have a baby of her own. Her mum Sheryl O’Connor recalls the day which was sunny and dry. Sheryl reminded me that we moved down the avenue and spent the evening at another house. Residents from Compton Close also joined us. I’m sure many of the youngsters there, grown up now, will remember what a great time we had,” says Pauline.

lDon’t miss the special Royal Wedding Gazette this Friday.