Three Islington road closures confirmed for Royal Wedding parties

ROYAL Wedding fever is hotting up in Islington as road closures are confirmed and party preparations get underway.

Islington Council has already agreed to shut three roads on April 29 as residents and community groups plan get-togethers to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton – and take advantage of the extra Bank Holiday.

The council, which announced in February that it would be waiving the �3,200 fee for street parties, has confirmed Harberton Road, in Archway, Wolsey Road, in Newington Green, and Quick Street, in Islington, will shut out traffic for the day, while the closure of Alrington Square, also in Islington, is expected to be rubber-stamped this week.

Jon Grayson, a 39-year-old environmental consultant, who is one of the Harberton Road organisers, said: “As far as I’ve heard there’s never been one in the street before.

“A lot of people are quite excited. Everyone’s just looking forward to a fun afternoon and getting to meet their neighbours. It’s about everyone taking part and contributing and having a good time in the process.”

Mr Grayson said it was still in the early stages, but there are plans for food, music groups, kids’ workshops and a bouncy castle.

He added: “The council has made it very easy. The only bit of red tape is around insurance and signage, which we as residents have to organise ourselves.”

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The Charles Lamb pub, on the corner of Elia Street and Quick Street, Islington, has teamed up with its neighbours to host the festivities in Quick Street.

The wedding will be projected onto a big screen and the street will come alive with relay races, boules, a dog show and a cake competition – while the pub will serve royal punch and a hog roast feast fit for a king.

Camille Hobby-Limon, owner of The Charles Lamb, said: “The locals have been dog grooming, cake baking and polishing their tiaras in preparation for the wedding.

“I’m delighted to be working alongside the residents to make this weekend one to remember.”

Canonbury Primary School, in Canonbury Road, Canonbury, will also join the fun, with bunting, dressing up and games at a playground tea party on Thursday, April 28.

Residents have until next Friday (April 15) to submit their road closure applications.