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South Wales Argus: Youngsters fly the flag at the Tone Close royal wedding party, Bettws Buy this photo Youngsters fly the flag at the Tone Close royal wedding party, Bettws

NEWPORT residents were among those joining in the Royal celebrations.

Pill Millennium Centre was decked with Union Jacks and bunting as more than 300 locals joined in the Royal celebrations.

Local families watched the big day unfold on a projector screen in the main hall at the party which was thrown by Pill Communities First and Pill Carnival Committee.

Youngsters enjoyed activities included a bouncy castle, go-karting and face painting.

Around 14 volunteers helped at the event which was paid for by a £1,000 grant given through Newport City Homes community funding.

Community co-ordinator for Pill Communities First, Angelika Patel said: "It has been amazing and everyone has worked so hard to put this together."

Tracey Robertson who was at the event with her son Jack, three, said: "It is brilliant to see all the community come together."

Residents of Tone Road, Bettws, continued their tradition of street parties as around 30 people marked the big day.

Locals and their families enjoyed music and food including special Union Jack cakes.

The street, which has previously held parties for occasions including the Silver Jubilee and VE Day, was closed off to traffic as residents celebrated around a large table placed in the road.

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Bunting and flags with pictures of the new Royal couple decorated the street.

Resident Sandra Lewis who organised the party with Pam McLoughlin said: "It is lovely to get everyone together and celebrate. The wedding was lovely."

Breeda Sheehy, who now lives in Malpas but grew up on Tone Road, said: "It is great to come back and have a get-together with old friends I grew up with and to celebrate the Royal wedding."

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