IT was a first for Limerick - a public screening of the British Royal wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton.
Crowds of up to 200 people gathered in the redeveloped Milk Market from the early hours of this morning to watch one of the most anticipated weddings in living memory.
Men, women and children craned their necks to see the Duchess of Cambridge make her way up the aisle of Westminister Abbey from two 61 inch screens in the market. And of course, everyone was there to see ‘That Dress’. It didn’t disappoint.
Model agent Celia Holman Lee, who organised two fashions shows in the Milk Market on the same day, was delighted with the Princess’s choice on her big day. As widely expected it was designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.
“It’s absolutely magnificent and it’s a nod to Alexander McQueen,” enthused Celia.
“I think she looks like Princess Grace, the top of the dress especially. What I love, love, love about it is that it is Kate Middleton. It is very her. She didn’t let anyone turn her into anyone else, with something that was totally out of character,” she said.
Fears that been raised prior to the screening that it may attract a protest, however there were no discerning voices to be heard on the day.
Ms Holman Lee said the event, ‘Fashion Friday’, was scheduled before the date of the Royal wedding was announced and they were anxious that people might stay at home to watch the wedding if the market didn’t host a screening of the widely televised event.
“It would have been a pity to have missed out on it, people would have stayed at home. That was the reason we did it,” she said.
The screens remained on in the background with the volume turned down, as the first fashion show of the day kicked off at 11.30am.
Laura Ryan, executive of Limerick Communications office, said she was very pleased with the turn-out, inspite of the earlier ‘controversy’ surrounding the screening.
“There’s a very nice vibe here, it’s very relaxed, the sun is shining, everyone is in good form and I don’t think it could have gone any better,” said Ms Ryan.