Royal partying in the streets as Wills and Kate wed!

STREET PARTY,GREEN OAK ROAD Enjoying the party at Green Oak Road, Totley.                                        June 03 2002
STREET PARTY,GREEN OAK ROAD Enjoying the party at Green Oak Road, Totley. June 03 2002

IT’s nearly time to party for the Prince!

The Royal wedding is just under four weeks away - and South Yorkshire folk are getting ready to celebrate in the streets to mark Wills tying the knot with Kate Middleton on April 29.

And we know how to do these things round here.

Older ones will remember the bashes held to mark VE Day in 1945 and the coronation of the current Queen just eight years later.

Times were harder then but it didn’t stop the party spirit flowing free - and the 1953 celebrations were even more special as many were able to see the great occasion for themselves on TV for the first time.

Street parties were all the rage once again in June 1977, when everyone let their hair down to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

And just four years later there was another chance to make merry as Charles and Diana were at the centre of a fairytale wedding ceremony we haven’t seen the like of before or since. The last great street parties were nearly nine years ago when the Queen marked 50 years on the throne - so another day of street celebrations is long overdue.

Councils in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham have already received more than a dozen requests to hold parties on the big day, and are urging people to send the final applications in as soon as possible to ensure the events go ahead without any hitches. Sheffield Council have nine confirmed street parties, with three in Millhouses on Sterndale Road, Endwood Road and Pingle Road. More celebrations are taking place on Norton Park View in Norton, Fossdale Road in Nether Edge, Cardoness Road in Crosspool, Bromwich Road at Meadowhead, Beauchief Rise in Beauchief and Ringinglow Road in Bents Green.

There could be up to 25 events on Sheffield streets by the end of the month.

Neighbours hoping to dig out their trestle tables and start a cake-baking drive need to submit a road closure application within the next two weeks.

Anyone intending to hold a raffle, sell alcohol or offer hot food for sale past 11pm might also need to ask for a temporary event notice, while insurance isn’t necessary for street parties. The council is also asking residents to tidy up their streets when the events are over, and set aside an area for bin bags and recycling.

In Barnsley, two street parties are currently set to take place, including a bash on Swift Street and Guest Road in the town centre, while in Rotherham a party is happening in St Ann’s Square.