Royal wedding fever sweeps Wandsworth
Published: Tuesday 26th April 11
Wandsworth will be awash with bunting on Friday as residents take over the streets, parks and gardens to celebrate the Royal Wedding.
A staggering 79 street parties will be staged across the borough on April 29 - the second highest number in London behind neighbouring Richmond which will host 85.
Hundreds more celebrations will take place in local parks, schools, housing estates, pubs, bars, homes and gardens.
The council's environment and culture spokesman Cllr Sarah McDermott said: "Wandsworth will have more street parties than the whole of York, Southampton, Oxford, Manchester and Liverpool put together. It's a tremendous display of the old fashioned community spirit we have here in our borough.
"The events will range from small neighbourhood get-togethers, to giant parties with thousands of revellers. It's going to be a truly momentous day!
"The council has stripped away the red tape involved in holding a street party and waved the usual fee to make it easier and cheaper for organisers to set them up. The result has been record numbers of applications from people eager to celebrate this historic day among their neighbours and friends."
Party organisers are also being encouraged to submit photos of their event to the council's magazine BrightSide, which is planning to publish a spread of images to highlight the borough's royal wedding celebrations. BrightSide is the only publication delivered to all 142,000 homes across Wandsworth.
Organisers can email their images to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to BrightSide magazine, Room 276, Wandsworth town hall, London SW18 2PU.
To find out more about street parties visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/streetparties.
Prince William and Catherine Middleton will be married at Westminster Abbey on Friday, April 29, a day that has been designated a bank holiday.
Notes to editors
Official figures from the Local Government Organisation:
City Royal wedding street party total