Ready for royal wedding

RESIDENTS in Bents Green have become one of the first communities in Sheffield to make arrangements to celebrate the royal wedding.

They are organising a street party for Saturday, April 30 - the day after the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Members of Bents Green Methodist Church are leading the way, and activities will be held in their car park at the corner of Ringinglow Road and Knowle Lane and in the car park of the Hammer and Pincers pub in Ringinglow Road.

“There’s a feeling Bents Green is a bit like a village,” said one of the organisers, Tricia North, of Knowle Lane. “ People want to promote that and generate a community feeling and this kind of occasion allows them to do that.”

The ball started rolling at a meeting attended by some of the shopkeepers in the parade at Bents Green.

Family activities such as a bouncy castle and a barbecue will be run from 10am to 4pm and will include a best-dressed wedding guest parade.

Bents Green is one of only a handful of communities to seek council permission for a street party next month.

The council said this week it is aiming “to make it as easy as possible for local people to celebrate the royal wedding”.

It will issue guidance notes soon but is pointing out it may be easier to arrange celebrations in a park or on some other green space, which do not involve street closures or using busy roads or bus routes.

Cabinet member Shaffaq Mohammed said: “We hope that people across the whole city will get together to celebrate the royal wedding at the end of April.

“We have many parks and open spaces that lend themselves to group events of this kind, so get in touch with our officers and they will be able to provide you with some useful advice to organise a successful celebration.”

The parks and countryside events team can be contacted on 250 0500, the highways team on 273 6159.

Meanwhile, Sheffield-based broker Towergate Insurance is advising organisers to ensure that appropriate insurance is in place to provide cover for both themselves and the public while also complying with local authority regulations. It says cover is available from £80 and can include protection against cancellation and loss of equipment.