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2011-04-26 23:06
Bucklebury - The butcher from this rural English village - who has been invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding - sells biltong, boerewors, dried wors, ostrich meat and Nik Naks in his butchery.

Bladebone Butchery’s Martin Fidler says there are quite a number of South Africans living in Berkshire.

"I make my own boerewors - up to 70kg a week," he said on Tuesday.

Middleton’s parents, Michael and Carole, live here and Fidler is their butcher. He is one of only a few people in Bucklebury who have been personally invited to the wedding by Middleton.

"Oh yes, of course I’m looking forward very much to the wedding," he said with a big smile.

John Haley of the Old Boot Inn, which the soon-to-be princess has visited with William, has also been invited, as has Ryan Naylor, the postman, and Hash Shingadia and his wife, Chan, from the local Spar.

Bucklebury, a tiny village of a few hundred, is about 45 minutes from London by train.

If it weren’t for the cars driving around here (the number of Land Rovers is quite striking) you could easily imagine that you’re in an England of the previous century.

The red-brick homes with clay-tile roofs merge beautifully with the deep green landscape, and everybody knows everybody.

To many people Bucklebury has always been just a dormitory town, as many of the residents work in London and return home in the evenings; but now it has suddenly acquired a different status, because the new princess grew up here.

There are even bus tours to Bucklebury from London now - apparently drawing mainly American tourists.

Many journalists have also invaded the little village in the past few weeks.

It is clear that Bucklebury is proud of its princess. Several functions have been planned for Friday.

There is even going to be a duck race in the park in which the trees were planted in the 1500s for the visit of Queen Elizabeth I at the time.

A big champagne breakfast in a marquee will start off the great day, while a big tea party will be held in the Bucklebury Farm Park, with a number of orchestras playing.

There will even be a large wedding cake. Two of local pubs, the Bladebone Inn and the Cottage Inn, will be the venues for evening functions.

The Bladebone Inn will host a “knight and maiden” function, while the Cottage Inn is planning a fireworks display.

"We don’t know whether to expect 2 000 people or 20 000. We’ll just have to wait and see," said Bladebone Inn manager Simon Kelly.
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