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Royal Wedding: Party time on the streets of Northern Ireland

By Sarah Rainey

Streets across Northern Ireland came alive yesterday as well-wishers donned their hats, Union flags and best dresses to celebrate the Royal wedding.

From cardboard cut-outs of the happy couple on the Donegall Road to a bridal fashion show in Castlereagh, revellers pulled out all the stops for the big day.

There were big screens showing the wedding ceremony in Belfast, Lisburn and Coleraine, with a host of street parties taking place across the province.

Excited locals on the Cregagh estate in east Belfast had been up from 5am to start the preparations for their Royal event.

Among the festivities were the Kate and William football cup, a catwalk showing vintage wedding dresses and a feast of specially designed cupcakes.

Community worker Tommy Sandford said there had been a buzz of excitement in the neighbourhood all week.

“They make a lovely couple and I know everyone here wishes them all the best after such a fantastic ceremony.”

In north Belfast, hundreds of families enjoyed a sun-kissed day of children’s entertainment, amateur dramatics and afternoon tea in Grove Playing Fields. Brenda Lewis (52) celebrated with her grandchildren, three-year-old Mylie and Taylor (10).

“I thought Kate’s dress was amazing — she is just the perfect princess,” she said. “It’s such a happy occasion.”

Meanwhile, bunting adorned houses throughout Lisburn where Royal enthusiasts had put up flags, confetti and photos of the bride and groom.

There were street parties on the Old Warren and Hillhall estates, with a colourful festival outside Hillsborough Castle hosted by the Hillsborough Old Guard.

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