Royal wedding: Kent residents celebrate

Children celebrate the royal wedding at Leeds Castle An estimated 5,000 people gathered at Leeds Castle to watch the royal wedding on a big screen

Thousands of people have been taking part in street parties across Kent to mark the royal wedding.

An estimated 5,000 people gathered at Leeds Castle near Maidstone to watch the royal wedding on a big screen.

At Fort Amherst in Medway, a 21-gun salute was fired from five cannons to mark the celebrations.

Scores of pubs across the county screened the ceremony on big screens and thousands more hosted private parties at home.

Kay McLoughlin helped organise a street festival in Linden Crescent, Folkestone.

She said: "We're a very family-orientated road anyway so a lot of people know each other already, but this is brilliant.

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"It's a good thing for the kids because they're always going to have this memory. We've got to know more new neighbours as well."

Bill Lash, the director of operations at Leeds Castle, said the gates were opened early after people started queueing from 0900 BST.

Tens of thousands of well-wishers flocked to the capital.

Children celebrate in Gravesend a day before the royal wedding Hundreds of school children took part in royal wedding celebrations in Gravesend on Thursday

Southeastern trains ran extra services to help spectators get to central London for the royal wedding from Kent.

Two extra high-speed services from Dover Priory and Margate have been running.

More than 180 applications for royal wedding street parties were approved by Kent County Council.

More than 600 school children held celebrations in Gravesend on Thursday.

The youngsters took part in a parade around the town before being treated to a special royal wedding feast at a street party in front of the town's civic centre.

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