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A Right Royal Do For Residents in Shrewsbury

Champagne, violins and special elderflower wedding cake – it sounds like a party fit for a Queen.

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Residents at The Coppice ShireLiving Scheme in Bicton joined in the royal wedding fever that has gripped the country by enjoying their very own street party. There was plenty of flag waving and cheers as they watched the historic event on the television and then enjoyed afternoon tea in the grounds.

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Fiddlesticks Shropshire Music Service’s fiddle group played folk tunes while the guests enjoyed scones, champagne and elderflower and lemon wedding cake similar to the one eaten by Harry and Meghan on their special day.

Activities coordinator Julie Richards said they had started planning the special event in January and, just like the royal wedding, the day went like clockwork. “It was a wonderful day – we started at 11am with sherry and nibbles while we watched the guests arrive at St George’s Chapel in Windsor,” she said. “After watching the ceremony the residents and their friends and family went outside and had afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and champagne. They also had elderflower and lemon wedding cake, which was based on the one enjoyed by Harry and Meghan.”

The band was provided thanks to young volunteer Jasmine Sharp, who is helping at the ShireLiving Scheme as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. “Jasmine plays the violin and is in a group called Fiddlesticks at her school – they were very good and played some great tunes for our guests,” said Julie. “The residents were so happy and enjoyed having the party outside. They had a sing-song and talked about previous royal weddings – a lot of them remembered the Queen and Prince Philip’s wedding.

“We love an excuse to get everyone together for a social event, and what better than a royal wedding. The sun shone all day and it was the perfect, patriotic day celebrating over afternoon tea.”

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25th May 2018