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Community-spirited dad puts bunting up around his village to celebrate Royal wedding

PUBLISHED: 15:06 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:00 16 May 2018

Jay Hensley put up bunting for the Royal wedding. Picture: JAY HENSLEY

Jay Hensley put up bunting for the Royal wedding. Picture: JAY HENSLEY

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With excitement over the Royal wedding building, Jay Hensley couldn’t resist doing something to try and get the rest of his village in the mood.

Jay Hensley put up bunting for the Royal wedding. Picture: JAY HENSLEYJay Hensley put up bunting for the Royal wedding. Picture: JAY HENSLEY

And he has certainly succeeded – after spending hours putting Union Jack bunting up around Barnham Broom, in Norfolk, in anticipation of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day.

The 41-year-old stay-at-home father is a keen Royalist who said he wanted to bring his community together over one of the happiest occasions in the nation’s calendar.

He has already put up 170 metres of bunting around the village near Wymondham, including at the village shop, village hall and at the primary school.

He has also put some up at the local pub and post office, as well as his own home in the village.

Jay Hensley put up bunting for the Royal wedding. Picture: JAY HENSLEYJay Hensley put up bunting for the Royal wedding. Picture: JAY HENSLEY

Mr Hensley, who also runs a community Facebook group for Barnham Broom, said: “I’m a massive Royalist and Barnham Broom is a beautiful village, so I’m just trying to get the community together.

“Living in Norfolk, the Royals are only up the road. What inspired me most though is trying to bring the community together.”

Thousands of people are expected to make their way to Windsor this weekend to celebrate the wedding Windsor Castle.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are following in the footsteps of the Earl of Wessex and the Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips by marrying in St George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle.

Jay Hensley put up bunting for the Royal wedding. Picture: JAY HENSLEYJay Hensley put up bunting for the Royal wedding. Picture: JAY HENSLEY

A cause for national celebration, events, parties and screenings of the event are also being held across the country.

People from Norfolk are among those who have been invited to watch the wedding day from the grounds of Windsor Castle.

They will begin to arrive at 9am on Saturday, while wedding guests will arrive at the Castle’s famous Round Tower between 9.30am and 11am by coach and enter the chapel through the South Door and take their seats.

Harry and his brother the Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Chapel’s West Steps at around 11.45am, while The Queen will keep with tradition in being the last member of the Royal family to arrive.

The service, watched by millions of people across the world, starts at noon.

Mr Hensley said he plans to “raise a glass or two, or three” to Harry and Meghan on their special day.

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