Council hasn’t discussed royal wedding plans

Derry City Council has yet to discuss plans to mark the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton which takes place later this month.

A spokesperson for the local authority says the matter of hosting celebrations to mark the royal wedding on April 29 hasn’t yet been considered by Council.

However, the Council pointed out that local communities may already be discussing some ideas.

Of the 26 Council across the North, six have already confirmed plans to mark the event.

Others - including Derry - are still to decide and seven have said they have no plans or funds to mark the wedding.

Some councils have indicated they are considering making small grants to community associations.

Derry Council this week confirmed that all public sector staff will be entitled to take a public holiday on April 29.

“The Council welcomes comments made by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure last month in which he said he hopes to make funding available to communities,” she said.

“The Council is currently awaiting confirmation details relating to the allocation of this funding.”

Across the North, local authorities have various plans to mark the royal wedding.

Antrim Borough Council is planing to send a gift to the couple while, in Castlereagh, the Council is to make grants of up to £1,000 available to 13 community groups.