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Norwich pubs set to join in the Royal wedding fun

PUBLISHED: 07:03 28 April 2011

Wolf Witham and Sonja Kerridge met at a Charles and Diana street party in 1981. Pictured with daughter Alex who runs the Beehive pub in Norwich and will be holding a Royal Wedding celebration of her own.; Photo: Bill Smith

Wolf Witham and Sonja Kerridge met at a Charles and Diana street party in 1981. Pictured with daughter Alex who runs the Beehive pub in Norwich and will be holding a Royal Wedding celebration of her own.; Photo: Bill Smith

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Royal Wedding fever is set to give Norwich pubs a major boost with thousands of people expected to pay their local a visit on the big day to join in the party atmosphere.

The British Beer and Pub Association has predicted that the 11-day period around the wedding will generate an extra £600m in revenue, and for hard-pressed pubs struggling to bring back the punters that could be a lifeline.

All pubs and clubs in England and Wales have been able to extend their opening hours to 1am on April 29 and 30 and live and recorded music in pubs and clubs is also permitted, along with plays, films and dancing.

For Norwich pubs, the chance to make a killing over the holiday period is too good an opportunity to miss.

And for one of those pubs, the royal event will be even more of a celebration.

Alex Kerridge, landlady at the Beehive in Leopold Road, off Newmarket Road, will be celebrating her third anniversary in charge and her mother is celebrating meeting her future husband at the pub during the 1981 Royal Wedding celebrations.

Alex’s mother Sonja Kerridge and Wolfe Witham met at a party, organised by the Beehive pub to celebrate the wedding of Charles and Diana, and are celebrating the nuptials of William and Kate at the same pub. Alex Kerridge said: “Friday coincides with the third anniversary of me taking over the pub, so it’s a double celebration. We are doing an all-day charity barbecue with proceeds going to the cancer care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and then later, a local girl who sings, Sally Taylor, will be performing in a trio.”

There will also be Royal Wedding celebrations at the two Norwich pubs run by Kevin and Dawn Hopkins.

Mr Hopkins said: “We will have the big screen showing the wedding and bucks fizz and Pimms to get people into the swing of it. At the Ketts in Ketts Hill we’ve got a mixture of an old-school deejay playing ‘60s to ‘80s music and a karaoke for a fun party evening.

“And at the Rose in Queens Road we are calling it the alternative wedding party with a night of alternative music.”

John Cooke, landlord at the Woolpack in Golden Ball Street in the city centre, said they were opening an hour earlier, at 10am, to serve breakfast and a glass of bubbly, before everyone was invited to watch the wedding on the big screen.

He said: “We are hoping that people will come in, have a bit to eat, and enjoy the wedding with us.”.

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