North Devon gets ready to paint the region red, white and blue!

NORTH Devon is getting ready to break out the bunting and celebrate the Royal Wedding in style.

All around the region, towns and villages are planning a host of street parties and the Gazette will be there to capture as many as we can.

In Barnstaple, street closure orders have been approved for Priory Close, Victoria Street, Concorde Drive and Salem Street.

Similar orders are in place for Ashmead Grove and West Park in Braunton; Brookdale Avenue in Ilfracombe; Burrough Road in Northam; St Andrew's Road in Fremington; Mead Park in Bickington; and Churchill Crescent in South Molton.

Also in South Molton, the Pannier Market and Square will be hosting a huge party, with giant television screens, food and drink, live music and children's entertainment.

Other street parties are being planned in Mortehoe, Chittlehampton and by the parish hall in Weare Giffard.

In Torrington, there'll be celebrations in Broad Street and in The Square, where town traders are holding a street party with children's fancy dress, a bouncy castle, entertainment and royally decorated stalls from 12noon to 4pm.

Torrington is also looking for its own Kate and William. Participants must write in no more than 100 words why they should win a 'Royal portrait' from Jayne Poole Photography.

Fremington and District Community Group is holding a Royal Wedding reception at Beechfield playing field on the day from 1 to 6pm. Royal wannabes from babies to adults are invited to enter a free Prince and Princess Parade - and there will be a free commemorative photograph for every entrant.

The party will include live music from local bands, beer tent, sideshows, bouncy castle, refreshments and more.

Ilfracombe Museum is holding an exhibition of past Royal Wedding celebrations in the town, while the library is inviting people to raise a pre-wedding glass or two at a special wine tasting and wedding cake evening tomorrow night (Thursday) from 7.30pm.

Staff and residents at Ilfracombe's Edenmore Nursing Home will be soaking up the excitement of the day with buck's fizz and cakes while drinkers at the George and Dragon pub will be able to test their royal knowledge at a themed quiz night, starting at 9.30pm.

On Sunday from 11am-3pm, Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum is inviting visitors of all ages to help decorate a play carriage to look like the golden Speaker's State Coach, currently on display at the museum. They can also come dressed up as their favourite king or queen from history and make a crown to take away. The best dressed king and queen of the castle chosen at the end of the day.

In Bideford, everyone is welcome to attend a Royal Wedding party at the Reds Rowing Club from 10.30am, while on Saturday and Sunday, real ale lovers will be able to toast the happy couple at a real ale festival being held at Bideford Pannier Market.

The BIG Sheep family attraction at Abbotsham will be showing the ceremony live on big screen. Young musicians from across North Devon - including 13-year-old Ellie Smith, from Barnstaple - will be busking in the barn, singing on stage and playing violins, guitars, saxophones and keyboards to create a right royal knees-up from 11am to 2pm.

The Village Inn, Westward Ho! is holding a street party with a barbeque, games, stalls and evening disco and karaoke from 1pm.

At the Beaver Inn, Appledore, folk are invited to look their best for the occasion, with competitions for best hat, best high heels, best couple, royal lookalike, royal joke - and best corgi!

In Barnstaple, the Next Steps Club is also offering people the chance to get dressed up and watch ceremony at an afternoon tea party at the Whiddon Valley Community Centre in Barton Road from 11am to 2.30pm.

The Wrey Arms pub at Sticklepath is hosting a free street party from 11am. The celebrations will feature a barbecue; all-day live music; children's party games; adult tug of war; face painting; the wedding broadcast; stocks for soaking the management; and Del Boy's van courtesy of Burnout Auto Club. All proceeds will go to the SSAFA forces charity.

In Clovelly, the famous cobbled street will be hosting a street party of its own with the action centred around the New Inn. Visitors are invited to watch the ceremony on a large television screen in the pub and toast the happy couple with a complimentary glass of buck's fizz or fruit cocktail.

The street party starts at 2pm with live music, barbecue and scones with jam and cream. For the children, there's a special tea party with jelly and ice cream, face painting, a treasure hunt and a fancy dress prize competition with prizes for the best prince and princess.

Adults will be able to sample a specially-brewed real ale and a there's a prize draw in aid of the Children's Hospice South West too. The New Inn will also be hosting a cocktail party in the evening with disco and karaoke.