Helicopters and Haribo rings at little ‘royal wedding’ - Fleetwood Methodist Church, Lancashire
Fleetwood Methodist Church hosted its own royal wedding with pupils from a local primary school.
The service was led by the Revd Ruth Dunn, who worked alongside Flakefeet Primary School to create an event that almost overshadowed the real royal wedding.
Headteacher Dave McPartlin said: “We wanted to do something special for the royal wedding in an area where many children are disadvantaged. It’s about the experience and creating memories."
Ten-year-old pupils Charlie Twitchet and Isabelle Sherlock took on the roles of Meghan and Harry, supported by a host of bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Members of the church came to witness the ceremony, dressed in their finery, to be part of the day. The sun shone and the streets were filled with well-wishers.
There was plenty to organise; stag and hen parties, suits and dresses, arrival by helicopter, a horse-drawn carriage ride through the town, national press and a ceremony with the exchange of Haribo sweets for rings. Donations for the day came in their droves from parents and local businesses.
The Revd Ruth Dunn said: “It was a delight to have the wedding in the church and the service enabled the children to understand the importance and meaning of relationships."