ROYAL WEDDING: a sea of red, white and blue on Green Close!

GREEN WITH ENVY -- street party organiser Beryl Tomlinson shows neighbours the wedding cake she made for the party
GREEN WITH ENVY -- street party organiser Beryl Tomlinson shows neighbours the wedding cake she made for the party
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IT MIGHT be called GREEN Close but the street of that name in Hucknall was a sea of red, white and blue to celebrate the royal wedding.

A successful street-party on the close, in Butlers Hill, was organised by Hucknall sisters Beryl Tomlinson and Shirley Williamson, who both live there.

Bunting, balloons and Union flags adorned the street while the sisters, who are both in their 70s, baked a special cake for the occasion.

The official opening was performed by former Dispatch chief reporter Denis Robinson, who was invited by Beryl to do the honours to mark his retirement after more than 57 years with the Dispatch.

Denis stressed that a big vote of thanks was due to Beryl and Shirley for coming up with the idea of the street party and all the hard work they had put into organising the event, along with a team of helpers.

About 100 residents, ranging from pensioners to young children, who were at the party, joined Denis in a round of applause for Beryl and Shirley. The sisters were also presented with a thankyou card.

Denis read a poem he had written for the occasion and one resident asked for a copy of it because she wanted to get it framed as a souvenir of the day.

A buffet was held against the backdrop of nostalgic music from the Second World War era. Children of the close were entertained by magicians Clivo and Jeannie, from Derby.