ROYAL wedding fever is taking over today and while most people are enjoying the action on television screens, two people from the area will be in the middle of the action.
Former Vale of Catmose College pupil Edward Sills, 29, is a member of the Band of the Life Guards, part of the Household Cavalry based in Knightsbridge, London, and will perform a fanfare as a member of the State Trumpeters when the Queen arrives at Westminster Abbey today for the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Oundle-based organist Robert Quinney will play music throughout the ceremony, including when Catherine Middleton walks down the aisle. He has been sworn to keep the royal family’s music selections a secret.
Edward said: “I found out that I would be playing about two months ago.
“I have played there before, but never for anything as high profile as this. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Closer to home, a charity raffle will be held over the weekend at Opus Dai, in Broad Street, Stamford, to mark the occasion.
The bar, which will be getting into the spirit of the royal wedding, has £700 worth of prizes to give away to one lucky raffle winner. Tickets cost £10 and proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK.
A party is being held at the Northfields pub in Drift Road, Stamford, throughout the day today and events are also taking place in Easton-on-the-Hill, Collyweston, Greatford, West Deeping and Ryhall.