Lee’s Royal appointment

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A FORMER Kirkland High School pupil was invited to take a hands-on role during Friday’s Royal wedding celebrations.

Able seaman Lee Brown (pictured), from Methil, has spent the past fortnight training at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, after being selected as part of the Royal Naval contingent to line the ceremonial route around Parliament.

The wedding, between Prince William and his bride Catherine, gripped the nation on Friday as schools and workplaces halted.

Lee (25), joined the Navy in 2009 and currently serves on HMS Vanguard as a chef.

He said of his role during the historic event: “When I heard about the requirement for personnel, I volunteered immediately.

“Something like this happens once in a lifetime and I feel extremely proud to be a part of it.”

On his job on the Navy vessel, Lee added: “This is my first submarine.

“My career highlight to date was when I earned by ‘dolphins’, which are qualifications to serve on board submarines.”

Lee still lives in Methil with his wife, Laura.

His parents, Karen and William, also stay locally.

Schools and nurseries across the area held parties on Friday to celebrate the Royal event.

Leven’s cinema, the Regent, opened its doors early and played scenes from London on its big screen.

Punters got into the spirit of things by dressing up in their finery to take in proceedings.

It’s reckoned that 24.5 million people tuned into Prince William and Catherine’s wedding with 5000 police officers on duty on the day, 50 sniffer dogs patrolling, 55 arrests being made and 130 street cleaners employed for the tidy-up mission, which hauled in around 140 tonnes of rubbish – including manure.

Tesco said it had sold 120 miles of bunting and its sales of champagne and sparkling wine were also well up.

The National Grid’s figures showed a huge surge in demand for power after the service – equivalent to one million kettles being boiled.

For further images of celebrations across the area, turn to page 27.