Saturday, 30 April 2011
Friday 29th April 2011 was a historic day for British people as we celebrated the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. I must admit having been a bit cynical in the run-up to the wedding, but watching the happy couple yesterday exchanging their vows amid all the patriotic pomp and pageantry of Westminster Abbey I found myself feeling quite emotional! As I was only a couple of weeks old when Charles and Diana got married in 1981 this was the first time that I'd really seen such a big royal celebration.
After the ceremony I decided to venture out to see how other E17'ers were enjoying their day-off in the April sunshine. First up was the Rose and Crown on Hoe street, who had closed off the side street next to the pub for a street party. They had gone for a family-friendly feel, with a barbecue, cupcakes and bunting decorating.
Later on we headed down to the Nag's Head who had been advertising a Cat's Wedding reception as their contribution to the wedding-themed festivities. The cat-loving owners had gone all out, and we saw photos of the happy feline couple, complete with veil for the bride and even a little dog for a best man wearing a tuxedo! The atmosphere in the evening was truly memorable, the pub overflowing with happy revellers crammed into every available space and spilling out onto Orford Road. We enjoyed some more cupcakes (this was not a good day for healthy food choices!) and sampled a couple of beers on offer at the Real Ale festival in the garden. By the time we left the wedding disco party was in full swing with plenty of impressive dance moves on show!
All in all it was a great day for the community, lets hope we can do something similar for the Queens Jubilee next year!
Sunday, 24 April 2011
What a difference a couple of weeks make! Just two weeks ago my usual walk through Lloyd park into town, I was wrapped up in my winter coat, watching the occasional hardy dog walker or jogger make their way across the muddy field. But not so today! Spring has definitely arrived, bringing with it waves of picnicking families, kite flying, and kids enjoying the new natural playground made from recycled fallen trees. Let's hope it lasts.