Erewash Borough Council has sent its warmest congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on behalf of the residents of the borough following the announcement of the royal engagement today.
In a letter sent to Clarence House, the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, says:
As Mayor of the Borough of Erewash here in Derbyshire, it gives me the greatest of pleasure on behalf of the Authority and the citizens of the Borough, to write and offer our sincere congratulations to His Royal Highness and Ms Markle on their engagement. May we wish them both a lifetime of happiness together.
The council has also confirmed that it will look to make a small fund available to help local organisations and groups host street parties to celebrate the royal wedding next spring.
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of the Council, says:
We share the nation’s delight at this wonderful news and we are pleased to be able to announce that a small amount of money will be available to help, wherever possible, those who organise street parties for this royal occasion. I have no doubt that the Erewash borough will join the nationwide wedding celebrations to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan and wish them great happiness for their life together.
A similar fund for street parties was provided by the council for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.