From art to politics, wedding fever’s here

Local artist Dawn Tebbutt pictured working in Northampton's Central Libray as part of the Artists in Libraries event.
Local artist Dawn Tebbutt pictured working in Northampton's Central Libray as part of the Artists in Libraries event.

FROM political parties to works of art, the Royal Family and their upcoming nuptials have proved a source of inspiration to many Northampton residents.

Holding street parties is not the only way residents in Northampton have been planning to celebrate the country’s monarchy. Northampton School for Boys (NSB) pupil Tom Harrison, aged 18, from Abington, Northampton, is so interested in the Royal Family, he and some friends have set up a new organisation called The Royalist Party.

Set-up last summer it is not yet an official political party but the boys, including fellow NSB pupil Daniel Foster, aged 16 ,and Jack McDowall, aged 19, who is a student at Southampton University, hope to apply to be an official party soon.

Tom said: “I have always been interested in politics and think the monarchy should have a greater role in this country. We do not believe in an absolute monarchy, but we do feel the Queen should be able to use the powers within Government which she so rightly still has today.

“We do realise the importance of Parliament but we aim to break the bonds of the Government over the British Monarchy and begin to re-build this once great nation.”

He added: “We obviously welcome the Royal Wedding as a chance to celebrate history being made.”

Also celebrating the Royal Wedding in a creative way is Northamptonshire artist Dawn Tebbutt, who will be creating her take on the national event through a painting she will be completing over the next month.

She is working on the gouache painting – which features the scene of a street party with the image of a cut-out of Kate Middleton and Prince William in the centre – every Wednesday at Northampton Central library until the end of April. Ms Tebbutt, whose style has been compared with Beryl Cook, said: “Most people won’t be going to the church to see them, they will be having street parties. It is just a little tribute and I like to paint things that are going on at the time, as this event really marks April.” To find out about the Royalist Party visit www.royalistparty.co.uk