A COMMUNITY LED CULTURAL HERITAGE PROJECT in Sunderland is staging Royal Wedding celebrations.
The Hylton Castle Project, a partnership between Sunderland City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund leading the £4.5million restoration project to return the 14th century castle and grounds to community life, is organising the events.
To help celebrate the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May, the Arts Centre Washington and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will provide the venues for a day of musical entertainment, lunch and a chance to watch the wedding proceedings together.
Guests will be welcomed with drinks on arrival at 11am by young people from local schools and air cadet groups, and then gather to watch the coverage of the royal wedding together on the big screen.
After the Prince and his new bride leave St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, guests will be served with a celebratory lunch.
After lunch there will be an opportunity to share memories of past wedding celebrations at Hylton Castle, with a digital exhibition of wedding photos taken there and loaned by local families.
The digital exhibition has been created by student volunteers from the University of Sunderland, who have relished the opportunity to get involved in this very personal aspect of the area’s history.
Following the digital exhibition there will be refreshments and entertainment provided by young musicians from Sunderland College and performers from the annual ‘Gentoo Factor’ talent competition to find the city’s best musical talent.
Sunderland City Council’s Hylton Castle Learning Officer, Pearl Saddington said: “Hylton Castle has long been used as a backdrop for wedding photos by local residents, and we’ve also heard many stories of people in the communities around Sunderland coming together for street parties to celebrate royal events.
“This inspired us to arrange some events to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding, as a chance to bring people together, to make new friends and to reminisce about past street parties and celebrations.
“ We’ve involved people from across the community, including young musicians, air cadets, and volunteers, so our guests will have a day to remember.”
Pearl added:“Whilst there is a small cost for the tickets we’ve kept prices as low as possible. Everything is included and we’ve arranged free transport to both venues with pick-up points across the city, so people who perhaps thought they might have to watch the Royal Wedding alone have the chance to join the party.”
Places are £9.95 per person, including drinks on arrival, lunch, afternoon refreshments and entertainment. Transport is available from a limited number of pick-up points – please contact Pearl and the team for more details.
For more information on the Royal Wedding Celebrations, contact Pearl Saddington on 07827 305567 orpearl.saddington@sunderland.
To book your ticket, visit www.hyltoncastle.org.uk/events