Plymouth residents toast the happy couple

Royal wedding fever has hit Plymouth as sheltered housing residents hold parties to mark Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle tomorrow.

A number of our schemes have already started the parties, although many are waiting until the big day itself to honour the occasion.

And for some residents, one party just wasn’t enough. Brake Farm residents had their first celebration on Wednesday but are having another tomorrow, when they will gather to watch the ceremony, which is being televised live from Windsor.

Housing with Support Officer Emma Pearce organised it. She said: “I wanted to do something so that tenants can feel socially included.

“Residents have contributed. Many have baked cakes, contributed to raffle prizes and made paper chains.”

Tenant Mary Peters said: “I’m a big royal fan and like to know what’s going on with them.”

Resident Patrick Pool even got his family involved. His daughter Jenene Williams baked cakes for both events and she and her family attended Wednesday’s celebration.

Patrick said: “We’re starting to get things going again socially. This event is the first one. I hope it will pick up.”

Residents at our Camels Head scheme held a party this lunchtime to get in the mood for tomorrow’s wedding.

Their communal lounge was adorned with Union Jack flags and all the tableware had a red, white and blue theme.

One of the residents, Sheila Turner, said: “I like Harry – he’s a scream. I’ll be watching it – I want a nose at Meghan’s dress.”

Housing with Support Officer Jackie Day said: “Everyone helped to prepare for this. A big thanks must go to our rangers who helped blow up the balloons and put up bunting. Lots of family members got involved too. And we’ve also got some healthy food for our buffet, grapes and tomatoes.”

Leypark Court, Ron King House, Helen Fox House and Brock House will all hold parties tomorrow and Plympton St Maurice residents are even carrying the celebrations into next week with a bash at their local, the Brook Inn.