Council: no plans to mark Royal wedding

COLERAINE Borough Council will NOT be marking the Royal wedding next month.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry at Westminister Abbey on Friday, April 29.

Despite other councils in the Province providing grants and holiding civic events to mark the occasion, Coleraine Borough Council has confirmed that they will not be holding any civic events.

Newtownabbey Council have confirmed plans to mark the event. They are spending almost £3,000 on commemorative coins to be presented to primary seven pupils, whilst Antrim Council is to send a gift to the couple.

Other councils are to offer community groups small grants in order to celebrate the wedding, which will be marked with a public holiday in the United Kingdom.

A spokesperson for Coleraine Council told The Coleraine Times: “ Coleraine Borough Council currently does not have any specific funding schemes in place for Royal Wedding celebrations.

“However Council does have a number of Community Event Funds available to local Community Groups, subject to their satisfying certain eligibility criteria. Council arranges an extensive annual programme of community and tourism-focused events but must manage these within strict expenditure limits.”