BUNTING was flying proudly in schools across the Fylde coast as the countdown to the Royal Wedding began.
The sun beamed down as thousands of children enjoyed tea parties, waved flags and even held little wedding ceremonies of their own to mark the historic event.
Children tucked into Victoria sponge, lemonade, jelly and ice cream and delicate cucumber sandwiches as they got into patriotic spirit at school garden parties.
Flags were made and proudly waved and many pupils wore red, white and blue as part of the special day.
Woodlands special school in Blackpool enjoyed a mock wedding ceremony as well as croquet on the school lawn and a traditional tea dance.
Blushing bride Chanelle McCloud, 19, said: “It was brilliant having a little wedding and we got to ride into school in an open top sports cars.
“Everybody waved flags as we arrived, I can’t wait to watch the real wedding on TV.”
Children at Baines Endowed Primary School in Marton also joined in the fun designing tiaras and wedding cakes and having a picnic on the school field.
Pupil Imogen Wearing, seven, said: “I designed a gold tiara and liked making flags.
“The picnic was fun too, we had cake and biscuits.”
Karen Appleby, deputy head teacher of the Penrose Avenue school, said: “We wanted to make this week special as Prince William is our future king and this is a really historic day.
“The wedding of Charles and Diana was such a memorable event, we wanted to make sure our children enjoyed the celebrations.”
Devonshire Primary School celebrated the royal festivities with two weddings of their own and a party.
Assistant head Jenni Smith said pupils in nursery and reception classes made hats and a cake to mark the occasion.
Sam Beckett, five, said: “I really enjoyed having the party at school it was really good fun.
“I am going to watch the wedding tomorrow, I have seen bits on TV already.”
At Chaucer School in Fleetwood an outdoor party was the culmination of three days of looking at royal topics.
Head teacher Peter Gerrish said: “A lot of the children don’t know a great deal about the royal family so it has been a good opportunity to talk about our heritage.”
Among the party-goers was Elizabeth Price, 10, who said: “None of us has seen a royal wedding before so it’s going to be good for everyone.
“We can see the person who is going to be our king get married.”
Hundreds of Guides, Brownies and Rainbow groups also celebrated with a street party at Carr Hill High School in Kirkham.
The girls ditched their uniforms for wedding finery and made flowers, flags and bunting.
Eleanor Houghton, from 1st Clifton Guides added: “I’m excited because I’ve never seen a Royal Wedding before.
“It’s special because I can’t remember anything as big as this before, I’ve got the day off school and can watch with my parents.”
Hannah McCaffrey added: “I’m excited about watching it because Kate was once a person like us and is now marrying a Prince.
“I want to see how many people are there and what Kate’s dress is like.”
And it isn’t just in Blackpool the flags were flying. Former Blackpool landlady, Sue Hayward also staged a mini wedding at Happy House Children’s Home in Watamu, Kenya.
The children wore dresses given by friends from the Fylde coast and had a television installed so all her 49 children will be able to watch the big day.