Schools celebrated in style to mark the wedding of the year

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GARRETT Hall Primary School in Tyldesley held a day of celebrations and work related to the Royal Wedding culminating in a celebration picnic on the school field in which the whole school took part.

At Parklee Primary School, Charlotte Hammond, reception teacher, was Kate Middleton, while Mark Grogan, Deputy Head, was William. Jannine Rowbottom and Andrea Brown, teaching assistants, were bridesmaids.

Children could come to school dressed as a prince or a princess or wear red, white or blue and everyone had a great afternoon. Each child receiving a commemorative coin to remember the special day.

Children from St John’s CE Infant School in Kirkhall Lane, Leigh, arrived at the ‘venue’ on a red double-decker open top bus.

They all boarded the bus from school and took a short trip around town waving their Union Jack flags and singing the National Anthem.

Following this the vicar Father Kevin performed a special ‘wedding’ ceremony where the head and deputy took park in a mock renewal of their vows helped by the children. Next was a ‘celebrity’ guest – a Robbie Williams tribute act. The children then ate lunch in ‘street party’ style.

In the afternoon the party continued with karaoke, disco and the ice cream van.

Emma Lightfoot, headteacher, wanted to give the children a day to remember. Staff and children spent Wednesday learning about the royal family and why Prince Williams and Kate’s wedding was important. They also made top hats, corsages, souvenir coasters and plates and decorations for around school.