Not a street party in the strict sense of the word, but certainly a gathering to celebrate Will and Catherine’s nuptials.
Some of the early crowd are pictured on this page (below) either watching the spectacle unfold on a large screen in the concert room – or gearing up outside in anticipation of a fun day ahead.
Among the activities planned were a Bouncy Castle, a ‘Bring your own food’ BBQ, Prince and Princess fancy dress competition, Penalty shoot outs, Games, Face painting, various Stalls and an Outdoor Disco.
Throughout the event, Enderby resident Kate Harrington was endeavouring with the aid of helpers to raise some money for the ‘Help for Heroes charity.
Following the event, Kate wrote a note of thanks to the Social Club for allowing her to sell raffle tickets to raise money for Help for Heroes. The amount raised was just over £400 and both the disco gave their fee and the club’s committee boosted the total to £500.
Kate’s letter continued:
“This is quite honestly amazing given we are in times of recession and people don’t have as much to give as they would normally.
Help for Heroes was founded in October 2007 out of a desire to help the wounded Servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. The message of the charity is simple: Help for Heroes is strictly non-political and non-critical; the aim is simply to help. Help for Heroes believe that anyone who volunteers to serve in time of war, knowing that they may risk all, is a hero.
These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things and some of them are living with the consequences of their service for life. We may not be able to prevent our soldiers from being wounded, but together we can help them get better. Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country.
Over a million people have responded to date and millions of pounds have been raised to buy much needed services that will aid their recovery.
Help for Heroes strives towards 100% effectiveness – so that for every £1 donated, £1 will go directly to helping wounded Servicemen and women.
So, we do exactly what we say on the tin – your donations go directly to supporting the wounded boys and girls.
So we can be sure the £500 Enderby Social Club has raised will be put to good use, perhaps going towards the Headingly Personnel Recovery centre.
See the Help for Heroes website for more information on where our money will be spent. http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/
(If anyone else has some photos from the day, or indeed from any other Royal Wedding events in neighbouring areas …we’d be glad to show them!)