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Tuesday, 26 April 2011 (3014434)
Lydiate schools join forces for Royal Wedding party
by Jim Sharpe

LYDIATE is going Royal Wedding mad on Friday as the village hosts what organisers hope will be the largest gathering of local people since the Queen's Coronation.

All three of Lydiate's primary schools - Lydiate Primary, St Thomas CE Primary and St George's RC Primary - are getting together for an afternoon of fun and excitement which hopefully they will be telling their children about.

Chairman of Lydiate Parish Council, Councillor Dave Russell, told The Champion he was particularly pleased that the idea for the off-street party at Lydiate Village Centre had come directly from the schools themselves.

“I'd like to think we started the ball rolling when we asked the schools to form a joint choir for our Civic Day several years ago,” he said.

The council has contributed £250 towards the extravaganza, which includes the use of the Village Centre and the grounds outside.

For three hours, starting at 2pm, the youngsters, their families and anyone else who wants to join in will be treated to a tea party, a range of sports - including an egg and spoon race - a Scout barbecue, and for the adults a licensed bar. In all there should be around 700 youngsters taking part.

“Hopefully this will be a day for them to remember for the rest of their lives,” Dave told The Champion.

“A highlight will be the children dressing as Princes and Princesses - and the winning couple, who will be drawn by lots, will be then be crowned Prince and Princess of the Day. The ‘Royal' couple will be joined at the top table by Lydiate's Rose Queen.

”This will certainly be the largest single event for Lydiate people since The Coronation,“ said Dave.

”It proves that the people of Lydiate can get together as a community and organise a really big occasion like this for themselves. They asked the Parish Council to help them which we are proud to do, but all the work has been done by the three schools and their Parent Teachers Associations.“

A full report of the event will appear in next week's edition.


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