About the Legion
30 April 2011
A fantastic Royal Wedding street party at Golden Sands Holiday Park in Cresswell, Northumberland, helped to kick-start the BBC's national and world Royal Wedding coverage. The Royal British Legion is the park's chosen charity and we were invited to attend.
Over 300 people enjoyed the park's street party, which began with a champagne breakfast at 6am. Joined by corgi dogs and a King and Queen lookalike, the crowds even took part in the unveiling of a special street on the park, Windsor Way, to commemorate William and Catherine's special day.
Guessing the weight of a wedding cake and a competition for the best dressed wedding outfits were just some of the park's celebratory fundraising efforts for the Legion.
Park owner and Legion supporter Nigel Thompson said: "We're hugely proud to be supporting the UK Forces charity, The Royal British Legion. We share an anniversary with the charity too - it's their 90th anniversary and our 20th here at Golden Sands. We'll be helping raise money today and throughout the year to support our serving and ex-Service personnel which included residents from our park and their families."
Six national television feeds including one world feed captured Legion branding on the day, as well as footage of Membership Administrator Northumbria David Bell and Assistant County Secretary Paul McClintock. Park owner Nigel Thompson also wore a poppy buttonhole for interviews.
You can see some of the results on the BBC news site here www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13237177
We'd like to say a big thank you to Nigel and everyone at Golden Sands.