80 street parties planned as wedding fever grips Newham

Flag-waving revellers as set to line the streets of the borough tomorrow to mark the royal wedding.

Thousands will be getting together to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, who are set to tie the knot in a service at Westminster Abbey.

Around applications for street parties at locations across Newham have been approved by council chiefs — one of the highest figures in London.

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “This is a fantastic testament to residents’ community spirit, which is alive and well in our borough.

“Street parties and f�tes are a traditional part of community life — they are a great way to bring people together.

“The council has worked hard to make it as easy as possible for residents to get involved in these happy occasions — this is borne out by the numbers of parties we have taking place.”

Newham Council pulled out the stops to encourage residents to get out the bunting and balloons and celebrate the big day.

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The authority launched a dedicated street party planning pack in advance of the deadline for applications earlier this month.

The pack included information about how to apply for a grant of up to �1,000 and free flags and bunting are also on offer for organisers.

And the council is also one of dozens across the UK waiving road closure fees for wedding day street parties.