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We are delighted to see that the Royal Wedding today will break with tradition and that Etta James will feature as part of the service. Today the modern service will clearly have soul.

The music we are about to hear blasted from St. Georges Chapel we are told, will be sublime.

The break with tradition, instigated no doubt by Prince Harry, should rock the Chapel.

We wish the Royal Couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the happiest of days on this day in the history of the nation that will markle some modern changes in the traditions of Royal Weddings in this country.

In the beauty and the glory of St. Georges Chapel, with the history extending back to 1475, we hope that the splendour of the day will be shared by the people of this community and nation.

And Prince Harry knows how to throw a party. As he suggests, the stars are aligned.

In honour of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex whilst we understand that protocol, may prevent you from being with us on this glorious of days, nonetheless, arrangements here in Pevensey Bay have been underway for many months to see that this special day is both happy and glorious in the way that we know best, by throwing a party.

Residents and their families and visitors are all welcome.

The Aqua Bar, Bay Hotel and Castle Inn have special garden parties, Super Saturdays and buffet lunches planned.

The Aqua Bar kicks of early at 11:00am, with a buffet lunch, there are three screens on their team shirts at the Bay Hotel, with their red white and blue kits and lashings of cucumber sandwiches  (brownie points to the Bay Hotel for their team kit) and the Castle Inn has the garden party, with their new livery on the patio.

In your honour, as our new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, this evening, after the FA Cup Final, the boards will be cleared at the Aqua Bar as the River Boys rock and roll and rockabilly all mates with us all the way to 11:00pm.

Innersoul Collective will pick up on the soul food Prince Harry and Megham Markle nation theme of the ceremony at the Castle Inn.

And most especially in your honour, we have a special moment that we would like to share with you.

At 7:15pm (bit later if there is extra time with the FA Cup Final), our very own indigenous magic sparkle duo, Two Hep Cats, will begin their set at the Bay Hotel.

We are talking authentic takes on late forties, fifties blues, jazz and early rock and roll. We are talking Connie Francis, Wanda Jackson, early Elvis Presley and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. This train is a coming.

In honour of the couple on this very special Royal Wedding Day, we understand that Two Hep Cats will perform one of their signature tunes, the Etta James classic, Shortnin Bread, at the start of their set.

The bunting is out and the sun has started to stretch out across the sky here in Pevensey Bay.

The gospel according to St. George and Etta James.

Oh Happy Day to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the day of their Royal Wedding.