In years to come, what will be your abiding memories of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge? Perhaps the first glimpse of Kate wearing that dress, the kiss on the balcony that was transmitted to millions of viewers across the globe, or the majestic fly past of the Lancaster bomber, flanked by the Spitfire and the Hurricane?
My memories of that day will be closer to home, as streets all over the country commemorated the occasion with that most British of celebratory gatherings; the street party.
I am very lucky to live in Sutton Valence, a beautiful village located on the Greensand Ridge and overlooking the Weald of Kent. Here, the Queens Head Oddfellows Fund (QHOF) a local charity set up to raise funds for local people, organised a street party fit for a (future) King as hundreds of residents from the village and beyond turned out to eat, drink and be merry and to share the happy couple’s joy. This event raise a total of £1200.00 and was presented to the Parish Council for much needed funds to complete the Play area at the Memorial playing field.
Here are a collection of photographs that I took around the village on the day. It really was amazing that so many had turned out in the glorious sunshine to celebrate in style.
In the evening, those who were still in the mood to celebrate were treated to the amazing sounds of Sugarfoot Stomp as they played a vintage set to music lovers of all ages at the Queens Head.
John Starns Photographer Sutton Valence