Just 14 street parties in Kent for royal wedding

Organiser Ingrid Pope [pictured] launched Tunbridge Wells Yard Sale last year after seeing a similar event in the US.

Royalists hoping to join a street party on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day may be short of options south of Windsor Castle.

Kent County Council has revealed there are just 14 taking place in the whole county when the couple tie the knot on Saturday, May 19.

This compares to 182 in 2011, on the day when the couple formerly known as William and Kate got married.

The county council was unable to say where the 14 will be, but there will not be one in Stephen’s Road, dubbed the friendliest neighbourhood in Tunbridge Wells.

Steve Wynne helped organise the road’s first street party, when the now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge became man and wife.

Since then, Stephen’s Road has hosted a street party every June and is likely to again this year. But they are not to reschedule for Harry and Meghan.

‘I don’t think we are doing one for the wedding,’ said Mr Wynne.

‘We have done one every year since [the last royal wedding]. Then, we had not had a royal wedding for some time, and this is another just one seven years on, so there is less hype.

‘The county council made it an easier process in 2011. They closed roads and advertised that fact. I am not sure that is happening this time around.’

Mr Wynne, a father-of-three, said Stephen’s Road is a strong community formed by shared interests with residents in a similar demographic.

Since their first street party, a Facebook group has formed with members keen to help each other out when they can.

‘We are quite a sociable crowd and it is nice to get together,’ added Mr Wynne, ‘There are about 100 of us involved and there are a lot of likeminded people and families. People call it Tunbridge Wells’ friendliest street.’

Are you hosting a street party for the royal wedding? Get in touch by emailing will@timesoftunbridgewells.co.uk

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