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Flying the flag to mark the Royal occasion are Melton Mowbray Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, and four-year-old Faith Langman.

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Meanwhile, above and below, our Royal photo booth proved popular.

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Having fun in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.

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I'm just not sure about this crown. Does it suit me, or not?

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It really is starting to annoy me...

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Oh no... I can't be doing with it...

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That's better!

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We are amused... having fun making crowns in St Mary's Church.

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The alterative wedding cake made by Marie Styles.

a right Royal success

Royal Wedding fever hit St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday (May 19th) with a fun-filled morning for adults and children alike.

A steady stream of visitors came through the door to take part in a number of activities, to enjoy refreshments and to to watch the wedding live on the big screen in the beautifully refurbished building.

The church was decorated to mark the special occasion and there was chance to have a picture taken with a life-sized cut-out of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as Her Majesty The Queen, in our special photo booth. 

To add to the royal occasion there was a chance to make crowns and to decorate Royal biscuits, to sample a beautiful alternative wedding cake made by Marie Styles and to add to our Parish Patchwork. 

Refreshments were served during the morning and after the Royal Wedding on screen there was a chance to catch our alternative wedding bouquet made especially for the occasion by  Felicia Ates. The bouquet was thrown by Melton Mowbray Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, and it was caught by Shirley Harris, who will be celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary in August.

*View a short video of the bouquet throwing by clicking here.

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Shirley Harris is pictured cutting the alternative wedding cake, above, watched by the Revd Kevin Ashby, and below with the bouquet she caught.

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Shirley, who said it was really lovely that she had managed to catch the bouquet, then had the honour of cutting the alternative wedding cake before it was handed out to those attending.

Organisers would like to thank everyone who helped during the morning, to those who brought along cakes and food and those who came along to make the event such a big success. Special thanks to Marilyn Wray and Karen Balding for organising the morning, to Brian Wray for making sure that the event got screened and for his photographic skills on the day, to Marie Styles for the alternative wedding cake, to Andrea Wallbanks fo her contribution and to Felicia Ates for making the beautiful alternative wedding bouquet.

 

*See if you are in any of the photographs below taken on the day by Brian Wray and Phil Balding.


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Phil Balding, 19/05/2018

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