Royal wedding: Sussex residents celebrate

Child watching the big screen of the royal wedding Villagers in Kirdford, West Sussex, watched the royal wedding on the big screen

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

About 200 royal wedding street parties were expected across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

Thousands of other people have hosted private parties and watched the royal wedding in pubs.

Villagers in Kirdford, West Sussex, decked out the village hall in the style of a wedding reception.

Hog roast

Organiser Louise Ketteridge said before the wedding: "Everyone has been fantastic and so helpful - all the flowers have come from the village.

"The royal family do good things, but this is just a great excuse for a party. I'm looking forward to seeing Kate's dress and getting stuck into the hog roast."

Andy Elphick, who was attending with his six-year-old son Joshua, said the celebrations had brought people together.

A crowd watch the wedding at St Dunstan's Church in Mayfield A crowd watched the royal wedding on a big screen at St Dunstan's Church in Mayfield

He said: "It took us quite some time to know neighbours here, so it's a good way for the village to meet."

A crowd also gathered at St Dunstan's Church in Mayfield, East Sussex, to watch the royal wedding on a big screen.

In Eastbourne in East Sussex, hundreds watched the big event on a 25 sq m screen in Princes Park.

Sales assistant Kelly Spencer, 22, said: "It's such a great atmosphere. It makes you feel proud to be British.

"When the whole country comes together like this, it makes you appreciate what a great place we come from."

Christina Spencer, from Brighton, and Ian Whitehorn, who lives in Eastbourne, were voted the best lookalikes for the royal couple.

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

'Lonely Knight'

The firm operated a Saturday service to London on Friday, for those wanting to travel to London.

Kirdford villagers watch the royal wedding Villagers in Kirdford watched the royal wedding on a big screen in the village hall

Southern Railway also put on extra trains with more carriages to cope with an expected increase in demand.

Tens of thousands of well-wishers flocked to the capital for the big day.

Spectators watched the royal wedding live on two giant screens in Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square.

Among the crowds was Colin Bickers, from Worthing, in West Sussex, who completed a 65-mile (105km) walk in a five-stone (31.75kg) suit of armour from the town to Buckingham Palace on Thursday afternoon.

The 38-year-old self-titled "Lonely Knight" took part in the trek, setting off on Saturday - St George's Day - raising more than £3,000 for Help the Heroes and the Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice, near Arundel.

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