Sunday, 1 May 2011

Another Royal Wedding (Part Two)

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).

More tables

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.


Anonymous said...

Oh come on , don't be so grumpy about it. It's one of the best things that happened in the world, like a breath of fresh air, from the daily news of earthquakes, wars, politics, and economic recession.
I was mesmerized by the royal wedding. Everything about it. And everyone is.
It finally put the "great" back to Great Britain, as one Londoner said it.
See, the people are just so happy about the wedding that they partied.

The Elephant's Child said...

As you know not big on the wedding itself, but the party looks GREAT. Thanks.

River said...

Yes, DJ's are definitely getting older. That looks like a great street party!
I've read both these wedding posts of yours and have to agree that the media coverage was probably a little excessive. but most people didn't seem to mind that, in fact I know several people who hung on every word.
All I was interested in was Kate's dress. Which was lovely in my opinion although many others were disappointed, seems they wanted more puffy frills, more lace and miles of train.
Kudos to Kate for keeping it simple, I say.

The Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Bingkee,

Maybe you are right. We certainly had a good party (and I did get involved - I love a good party).

I guess it does beat all the bad news we have to put up with.




The Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi EC,

It was a good party - one of many throughout the country.




The Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi River,

The dress looked great. My main gripe was the media coverage. Like I said, I am neutral as far as the Royal Family is concerned but I wish the newlyweds well.




Kath Lockett said...

LOVE the expression of the bloke under the photo of the party being in 'full swing'.

We got off the red eye from Singapore and straight to a Wills and Kate party (ie excuse for a piss up) that was hosted by mostly gay men. Surprisingly they admitted that they loved Kate's dress and couldn't think of anything bitchy to say!

The Plastic Mancunian said...

G'Day Kath,

All the guys I've spoken seem obsessed with Kate Middleton's sister - as do all the tabloids.

I saw the dress and have no opinion - after all, it is female fashion isn't it?