April 28, 2011 / 5:08 PM / 9 years ago

Brass band and ice cream at Cameron's royal party

A police officer stands guard in front of number 10 Downing Street in London April 28, 2011. Downing Street will host a street party on Friday to celebrate the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William to Kate Middleton. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

LONDON (Reuters) - Lashings of ice cream, the nostalgic drone of a brass band and the well-worn tricks of children’s entertainers will get guests in the mood at Prime Minister David Cameron’s royal wedding street party.

Some 90 charity workers as well as children from nearby schools will also enjoy big screen footage of Friday’s festivities in the prime minister’s usually-closed-off road. Communities across Britain are proudly decking out their neighborhoods with miniature Union Jack flags and stocking up on grub and booze in preparation for about 5,500 street parties to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Not to be outdone, Downing Street staff have been hanging up bunting and concocting refreshments for their party, which will run for two hours from 2:30 p.m. local time (1330 GMT).

Reporting by Matt Falloon, editing by Paul Casciato

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