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Community Champions ‘to remember royal wedding for rest of their lives’

Local workers, charity volunteers and community stalwarts gathered in the castle grounds to celebrate Harry and Meghan’s Big Day.

Community Champions invited into the castle grounds for the royal wedding have spoken of their incredible and surreal experiences.

Those who were asked to attend said it was a day they would remember for the rest of their lives after seeing famous faces such as the Queen, George Clooney and David Beckham enter the chapel.

Community Champions will take their place in the castle grounds (Oli Scarff/PA)

Jorja Furze, 12, who was an amputee at birth and was invited to the wedding after setting up an Anxiety Group to help year seven pupils adjust to high school, said everyone was in a “happy mood”.

Her mother, Gabrielle, said the pair were taken for a ride in a buggy which followed the route the carriage carrying Prince Harry and Meghan took.

Jorja Furze, 12, from Isleham near Ely, was invited to watch the wedding (Joe Giddens/PA)

Jorja said: “People were cheering as we were going past. I felt like a celebrity. I will always remember today.”

Hayley Ash and Tessa Hince, both 32, who were invited for their work with those who are lonely at Christmas, said they were starstruck by the celebrities they saw.

Tessa Hince (left) and Hayley Ash founded the Christmas Community Lunch (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Ms Ash said: “It was quite a surreal moment when we started hearing bottles of fizz popping.

“It was quite a show really watching everyone going in. We were sat right outside the entrance – we saw everything.”

Ms Hince added: “It was so crazy. We got pictures of David Beckham, George Clooney, Victoria Beckham, Prince Harry and Prince William walking in. I couldn’t believe how close we got to everyone.”

The pair continued to say they day inspired them to keep up their charity work.

Fans gathered within the grounds for the wedding (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Rashid Bhayat, CEO of the Positive Youth Foundation, who followed proceedings through the speakers outside the grounds, said: “It was a really positive experience.

“I’m absolutely glad we came along and we will continue to use the day as a way of increasing the profile of what we do.”

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