We had a ball in the rain

I AM writing on behalf of the committee which organised the street party at Tyelaw Meadows in Shilbottle to celebrate the wedding of HRH Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29.

On an afternoon when the weather threatened to spoil a very British celebration, the true British spirit shone through and, despite several heavy rain showers, the street party went ahead nonetheless, with many residents attending.

The rain in no way dampened the residents’ spirits, and a great afternoon was had by all.

The children especially enjoyed the party and won prizes, medals and certificates for taking part in races, a red, white and blue fancy dress competition and a talent show which showcased the considerable talents of Shilbottle’s youngsters.

The committee saw the street party as a great opportunity to bring the whole community together at a time of national celebration and also as an opportunity to raise money for a very worthwhile cause.

Residents were asked to make a donation initially to cover the running costs of the party and all money left over, together with all money raised on the day, will go directly to the Joseph Foote Foundation, in memory of Matthew Phillips.

The Joseph Foote Foundation funds vital research into defeating childhood brain tumours.

I am delighted to report that thanks to donations, a tombola and a raffle at the street party, the sum of £465.21 was raised for the charity.

I would like to thank everyone who attended the party for their good humour, good company and generosity.

I would also like to extend my thanks and appreciation to everyone involved in making the street party such a success and for helping raise such a fantastic sum of money for a very worthy charity.

Ruth Castle,

Chairman of the Organising Committee,

Tyelaw Meadows,

Shilbottle