Royal wedding celebrations sweep the Dales

Sheena Clark (left) and Rosemary Early celebrate the Royal wedding in Ashover.
Sheena Clark (left) and Rosemary Early celebrate the Royal wedding in Ashover.

ROYAL wedding celebrations have been taking place across the Dales as residents joined together to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Revellers enjoyed a street party in Matlock Bath as food, entertainment and music took place in Temple Walk.

Gypsy wedding at the Barley Mow with Mike Susko and Liz Stoppard

Gypsy wedding at the Barley Mow with Mike Susko and Liz Stoppard

Gregor Macgregor, of Upperwood Road, said: “It has been fantastic day and it has really brought the whole community together. At least a quarter of the residents of Matlock Bath are here and everyone has contributed something.”

He added: “It is a very important part of our culture and the royal family are absolutely vital to Britain.”

Chatsworth hosted an array of activities from royal-themed crafts in the farmyard to a champagne bar and brass band.

The inaugural Pilsley Beer Festival also took place outside the Devonshire Arms alongside the village’s street party.

Royal Wedding Street Party Stoney Close Bakewell, l-r: Adrian Frost, 9 year old Harrison Butterworth and Holly Bown

Royal Wedding Street Party Stoney Close Bakewell, l-r: Adrian Frost, 9 year old Harrison Butterworth and Holly Bown

Street parties were also took place in Winster and Bakewell while families enjoyed picnics in the pews while watching the wedding at All Saints Church in Ashover.

For a different slant on the big day The Barley Mow in Bonsall hosted a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

Bonsall couple Mike Susko and Liz Stoppard paraded through the village in a pony-drawn trap wearing fancy dress for their own ceremony in the pub car park.

Liz said: “It’s been a beautiful day. Bonsall is a very theatrical and creative place and everyone loves dressing up so we thought we would carry on that traditional of bringing festivities to the village.”

Royal Wedding Street Party Stoney Close Bakewell

Royal Wedding Street Party Stoney Close Bakewell

She added: “I watched all of the royal wedding on television while I was getting ready. I thought it was exquisite and it all went amazingly well.”

It was also a special day for David Coy and Charlene Mee who got hitched at New Bath Hotel, in Matlock Bath, at exactly the same time as the royal couple.

Charlene, 22, of Derby said: “It makes it even more special for us and we won’t forget it although I think our day has been even better.”

For more pictures of royal wedding celebrations see the Mercury on Thursday.

Winster Royal Wedding Street Party. Bl-r: Martyn Wigley, 8, Emily Adam, 14, Philippa Marsden, 12 and Chloe Wigley, 8, fl-r: Charlie, 2, Jadzia, 6 and Sammy, 5 Ashin

Winster Royal Wedding Street Party. Bl-r: Martyn Wigley, 8, Emily Adam, 14, Philippa Marsden, 12 and Chloe Wigley, 8, fl-r: Charlie, 2, Jadzia, 6 and Sammy, 5 Ashin