Cardiff is leading the way for Royal Wedding street parties with the most applications outside London.
With 35 applications already received Cardiff council has extended the deadline due to a high demand for party-goers to close their street.
Deputy leader Neil McEvoy has hit out at the cost of the extra bank holiday – around £840,000 – to Cardiff council.
He said: “With all the spending cuts that have to be made it is something we could have well done without.
“Although, I’m a republican and annoyed that the tax-payer is having to pick up a huge multi-million pound bill for security, I’ve got no problem with royalists celebrating and organising street parties if that’s what they want. I just don’t want to be party to it.”
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Penny Bradley, landlady at the Victoria Park in Canton who is organising a street party, said she wasn’t surprised by the amount of street parties in the city.
She said: “There’s a strong community here. I’m originally from London, but here – like in Canton – there’s close-knit families and people want to celebrate.
“It’s also a way for the community to support their local pub and they see it as important to keep the pub going.”
Ms Bradley said the preparations for the street party were well underway.
“We’re pretty certain we’ve got permission from the council,” she said.
“So we can start preparing all the day’s events and the evening entertainment too for the adults.”
Rhiwbina councillor Jayne Cowan, who said there are three street parties planned in her ward, said there had been lots of interested.
She said: “There has been much local interest in the Royal Wedding, and many constituents are looking forward to celebrating the special Day. The Prince of Wales has spent much time in Wales, and I think Cardiff has a close affinity to the Royal Family through these connections.
“Cardiff enjoys celebrating key milestones in history, and I have been talking with several people who attended street parties for the Prince of Wales when he married Lady Diana Spencer and other Royal Events. They talk fondly of the community spirit created by these street parties.”
Cardiff leads the way comfortably in South Wales – with the closest authority being Rhondda Cynon Taff with 17.
Executive member for sport, culture and leisure, Coun Nigel Howells, said: “I am delighted to hear so many people have applied to host a Royal Wedding Street Party in the city. The wedding will be a great occasion for the whole of the UK. With William’s links to Wales it’s great to see the capital supporting the future Prince of Wales.”
Some local authorities – including Birmingham – across the UK have yet to announce their street party plans.
Alternative to Royal Wedding in Fairwater
While the world’s eyes will be trained on London on Friday 29th April, a group of residents in Cardiff are planning to ‘get away’ from it all.
Residents in Pentrebane, Fairwater, will be heading West to Oakwood theme park to escape the Royal Wedding coverage.
Chair of Pentrebane Residents’ Association Ron Burford said they weren’t interested in William and Kate’s nuptials.
He said: “We thought it’d be good to do something for the kids. They aren’t interested in it at all and it would bore them to tears.
“We’ve all got the day off so it’ll be great to get away.”
Cardiff council’s deputy leader and Fairwater councillor Neil McEvoy has helped organise the trip.
He said: “Residents decided to organise a coach trip on the day of the Royal Wedding and call it The Get Away From It Trip. We’ll be taking two coaches and they’re almost full already. We’re keen to build community spirit in the area and I’m sure this away day will help bring people together.”
“I think well before the day of the Royal Wedding many people will have had their fill of the hype surrounding it and residents thought a day away would be a great idea. Everyone is looking forward to a fun day out and we’ll be turning off the TV and radio.”