Wedding excitement reached such a royal high at the region’s primary schools this week – that some pupils even got married!
Infants at Bolton-on-Dearne’s Lacewood Primary School took part in a full church wedding ceremony, in which the Year 1 bride and groom even exchanged vows and rings!
Residents on Carr Head Lane witnessed a surreal spectacle on Thursday morning, as wedding dress-wearing teachers led a procession of pupils to St Andrew’s church for the mini-nuptials.
There, the five and six-year-olds witnessed the “marriage” of classmates Ellie Critchley and Charlie Jones who pledged to give each other their “last Rolo” – at a service presided over by a teacher dressed as a vicar.
Meanwhile, back at school, a couple in the Foundation class of four and five-year-olds also got hitched.
Ashley Braisby “wed” Troy Howis in a classroom ceremony – which was sealed with an altar kiss!
Over in Thurnscoe, young pupils at The Hill Primary School also got “married”.
Teacher Leah Walls led her KS1 pupils through the nuptials of groom Lowry Barker and his little bride Millie Wray.
Older pupils at The Hill spent Thursday afternoon enjoying a feast fit for a future king and queen at a huge red, white and blue party in the playground.
Around 200 pupils settled down to a lunch of cakes, crisps and buns before an afternoon of sport and games.
Year 5 teacher Alex Steadman said the youngsters were: “incredibly excited – if not too excited” about the wedding celebrations.
In Wombwell, the party was in full swing at the High View Primary Learning Centre.
Pupils finished weeks of lessons about royalty and family history with a lunchtime feast.
At Darfield Upperwood Primary School, pupils soaked up the sunshine on Thursday while enjoying a royal tea party on the school fields.
In Wombwell, the newly-formed I Love Wombwell group’s street party had queues forming down the High Street for hand-outs of royal mugs, ice creams, flags, balloons and crisps. The group also laid on kids’ rides and disco music to enhance the party atmosphere.
Staff at Mexborough’s Old Market Hall, Wetherspoon, pub also got into the party spirit – dressing as butler’s and maids to give cutomers the Oo-la-la treatment!
At Burnside, Thurnscoe, locals threw TWO parties on the same street! And there was a pie and pea supper at St Helen’s Church hall.
Patriotic residents of West View Road in Mexborough, were among only seven streets in the whole of Doncaster to have their roads closed for street celebrations. The residents hired a bouncy castle, tucked into a barbecue, and played children’s party games.
A barbecue and bouncy castle were also part of the fun at the Dunholme Social Club in Wath-upon-Dearne where there were also stalls and games.
At Goldthorpe’s Parish Hall, around 80 guests donned their best wedding outfits to watch the ceremony on a big screen.
In Bolton-upon-Dearne, elderly residents at the Dearne Valley Care Home on Furlong Road were caught up in royal wedding fever, where they too gathered around a big screen to watch the nuptials before a lunchtime feast.
Denaby Main’s Welfare Field hosted a royal “reception” throughout the afternoon, complete with dancing displays by the Michelle Seekings School of Dance and party tricks from a local entertainer.
Hundreds enjoyed ice creams, and wedding cake baked by party organiser Debbie Wood.
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