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Celebrations and street parties toast the happy royal wedding couple

PUBLISHED: 18:17 19 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:17 19 May 2018

Bathed in sunshine, they got together for a big game of pass the parcel as part of the celebrations Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Bathed in sunshine, they got together for a big game of pass the parcel as part of the celebrations Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

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Royal wedding fever has gripped the country - with a host of street parties popping up across East Anglia to celebrate the big day.

Mayor of Ipswich Jane Riley cuts the cake at the street party Picture: ADAM HOWLETTMayor of Ipswich Jane Riley cuts the cake at the street party Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

In Ipswich, a big party took place in Clarkson Street, with bunting, a barbecue, lots of food and drink - and even a throne for people to take a royal selfie.

The new mayor of Ipswich Jane Riley also came along to join the celebrations, cutting a special wedding cake to mark the occasion.

Organiser Pat Bruce-Browne, said the sunny Saturday was a perfect day to come out and celebrate.

“It has come together really well, she said, “It’s lovely.

Pat Bruce-Browneannounces the winner of the best dressed princess Picture: ADAM HOWLETTPat Bruce-Browneannounces the winner of the best dressed princess Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“We just thought we would get the community to come out and have a party to celebrate the royal wedding.

“We’re using the wedding as an excuse to get together for some fun really.

“We have had lots of help from local church who donated the tables, the council, our neighbours.

“We have opened up the street and invited everyone to come out and celebrate. Everyone seems to be really enjoying themselves.”

The community got together for a big street party following the royal wedding  Picture: ADAM HOWLETTThe community got together for a big street party following the royal wedding Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Major Jane Riley added: “It is the community coming out for some fun.

“That’s what you need, more events like this. It’s been really nice.”

Pat Lait, who had brought her grandchildren Robin, nine, and Benny, six, to the party, said: “It’s lovely to see everyone coming together.

“The weather couldn’t have been better.

Children at Wells Hall Primary School enjoyed a sunny picnic to celebrate the royal wedding Picture: WELLS HALL PRIMARY SCHOOLChildren at Wells Hall Primary School enjoyed a sunny picnic to celebrate the royal wedding Picture: WELLS HALL PRIMARY SCHOOL

“Robin has had her face painted and they’ve both won a prize on the pass the parcel.”

Meanwhile, just round the corner on Wilberforce Street, another street party was being held.

A big sound system was set up with a DJ so people could enjoy a dance in the street while the kids could have a go on the bouncy castle.

Children and staff at Wells Hall Primary School held their big celebration on Friday, swapping their lessons and uniforms for a big picnic.

The children all dressed in red, white and blue to mark the occasion Picture: WELLS HALL PRIMARY SCHOOLThe children all dressed in red, white and blue to mark the occasion Picture: WELLS HALL PRIMARY SCHOOL

Wearing red, white and blue in honour of the royal wedding, they enjoyed an afternoon of fun and games including egg and spoon races, sack races and wellie throwing.

Koulla Anslow, deputy headteacher, said: “We wish the happy couple all the best for their wonderful day.”

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