Thousands of Surrey residents celebrate the big day

Jonathan Pearce BBC football commentator Jonathan Pearce enjoyed a beer at the street party in Warlingham

Thousands of people have been taking part in public celebrations across Surrey to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

More than 205 applications for street parties were given the go-ahead in the county.

Thousands more residents have held private parties or watched the ceremony in pubs across the county.

BBC football commentator Jonathan Pearce was among those enjoying a street party in Warlingham.

He said the royal wedding had "made a new generation fall in love with the Royal Family".

'Community spirit'

Mr Pearce was attending a party in Warren Park, organised by his sister-in-law Liz Curtis.

He said: "I remember being a teenager for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in the 1970s and this has brought that spirit back.

"For so long British people have felt embarrassed to be British and you can forget that today.

"I think William and Kate have made a new generation fall in love with the Royal Family."

Ms Curtis said: "The street is very community minded and that's why we did it. All of the kids out here play together and we all talked about it.

"If you're going to do a street party then this is the perfect place to do it."

Nicole Ross Guy, 86, has lived in the street for 47 years.

She said: "I think the Royal Family are lovely. I've always thought that - they're very dignified.

'Totally shocked'

Southern Railway has been running extra services to help spectators get to central London for the royal wedding from Surrey.

Residents at party in Warlingham Residents in Warren Park, Warlingham, enjoyed the celebrations

Dave Walker, of Southern railway, said: "Although the public event is due to finish at around 2.30pm [1430 BST], many people are likely to stay in London for a while, especially if the weather is good, so we are making sure there is plenty of capacity for the journey home."

Surrey residents were among tens of thousands of well-wishers who flocked to the capital for the big day.

Linda Broughton, 29, from Hinchley Wood near Esher in Surrey, joined the crowds outside Clarence House.

She said William looked "handsome and charming".

"I was just totally shocked to see him," she said.

"I can't believe I'm here."

Elmbridge had planned the most street parties in the county, with 32, followed by Reigate and Banstead with 30.

Ahead of the wedding Ian Lake, of Surrey County Council, said the numbers showed people in Surrey had "real community spirit".

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