Taking to the streets

Patmore Road, Parson Cross party. Finishing off the sandwiches at the Patmore Road, street party are residents and children. 29 July 1981
Patmore Road, Parson Cross party. Finishing off the sandwiches at the Patmore Road, street party are residents and children. 29 July 1981

COMMUNITIES across Sheffield are preparing to celebrate the royal wedding on April 29.

Fifteen applications for street parties have been received by the council, which expects more in the run-up to the public holiday.

However, Sheffield does not appear to be emerging as a particular hotspot for celebrations as Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot.

London’s boroughs are leading the way with about 500 applications for road closures, Bristol has registered 53 applications and Cardiff, 35, and counties such as Kent and Hertfordshire are enthusiastically dusting down the bunting and fold-out tables.

At the same time, only four street parties have been applied for in Liverpool, according to the Local Government Association. Manchester has so far seen 13 and Newcastle 11.

Some neighbourhoods across Sheffield are organising parties with echoes of the celebrations when Prince Charles married Diana Spencer in July 1981.

So far the council has received applications from residents of Cardoness Road in Crosspool, Beauchief Rise, Bromwich Road in Woodseats, Endowood Road in Millhouses, May Road in Hillsborough, Greenhill Road, Brinkburn Vale Road in Dore, West Crescent in Stocksbridge, Devonshire Street, Sunnyvale Road in Totley, Crispin Gardens in Gleadless, Bents Green Methodist Church in Ringinglow Road, Sterndale Road in Millhouses, Fossdale Road in Carter Knowle and Pingle Road in Millhouses.

In the city centre, organisers of the ten-day Sensoria Film and Music Festival are seizing the opportunity to combine the start of the festival with a party on Devonshire Street, next to Devonshire Green.

Music and other street entertainment will be held throughout the afternoon, alongside a Portobello-style market on the green which is being promoted by the organisers of the Tramlines music festival.

“There will be tables and chairs on the street, and people can turn up with a picnic,” said Sensoria director Jo Wingate.

“We have been working closely with the council to make it happen. We were pleased when we saw the announcement about the royal wedding because it gives us the opportunity to do something different.”

Residents of about 20 houses on West Crescent, Stocksbridge, are closing part of the road from 9am.

“We canvassed all the street and we got good support,” said Adam Senior, who is among the organisers with wife Suzi.

“We had a couple of consultation meetings and everybody is getting involved.

“It’s a way of bringing the community together. People from the top of the street don’t always talk to those at the bottom of the street. Everybody is chipping in.”

On Bromwich Road, Woodseats, Claire Hamilton said: “There are about 60 houses on the road and over half responded to an invitation to take part in planning the party. It’s been really positive.”

She expects up to 200 residents to join the celebrations, which include children’s activities, a tug of war, a hat competition, a royal themed ‘bake off’ and the decorating of houses.

“People are already saying they are talking to people they have never spoken to before,” said Claire.