I managed to avoid most of the Royal Wedding and I am delighted that it is now drifting away into yesterday's news. However, before it drifts away entirely, I want to resurrect a little taste again.
I know what you are thinking:
You bloody hypocrite. Didn't I just read a grumpy post in which you moaned about it?
That's true - but I don't actually want to talk about the wedding itself; I just want to skirt around the subject briefly before putting it to bed.
As much as I wanted to avoid the ceremony and all the pomp surrounding the big day, I didn't manage to avoid it as much as I would have liked. I watched the arrival of the bride at the church before retiring to the back room to listen to some rock music.
Mrs PM watched the ceremony and at the end of it, I suggested that we venture into Manchester City Centre to see what was going on. And we had a very pleasant day.
The city was full of revellers (as well as shoppers) and I persuaded Mrs PM to have a beer outside the Old Wellington pub to soak up a little of the atmosphere. It was a gorgeous sunny day, so sunny in fact that I had to move to the shade briefly to avoid sunburn. It was great.
After that, we had something to eat and stumbled on a street party in one of the livelier areas of the city centre, the Northern Quarter, with a few decent and quirky bars and cafes. The street was sealed off to cars and lined with tables. The bars were all open and a DJ provided the entertainment.
By the time we arrived, the alcohol had begun to take effect and people were dancing on tables to the music provided.
We decided to join in the fun by having a final beer for the road and simply stood there people watching and taking photos.
Here are some of them:
Spiderman dresses for the occasion, as do his decoys.
Just in case you had forgotten where you were.
Is it me or are DJ's getting older?
A party heading towards "full swing".
Tables (just in case you didn't believe me).
The party has arrived at "full swing".
Spiderman debates which way to depart.
"Kate + Wills 4 Eva" - can't anybody spell these days?
The Party transcends "full swing" as Spiderman decides to leave.
"Did you manage to get a picture of Spiderman before he left?"
Union Jack clothing sales are up.
"Think anyone will recognise us in our sunglasses?"
"Wills really wanted to marry ME!"
Bizarrely I'm off to another wedding now, in Blackpool. I like family and friend weddings because it gives me a chance to play "Impersonate the Dancer".
That's a tale for another post.