STREET parties will take over just three York roads for this weekend’s royal wedding, city council figures reveal, but other celebrations are planned at churches and schools.

The local authority has had just three applications to close roads for community celebrations this weekend, considerably fewer than the 16 roads closed for parties when Prince William married Kate Middleton on an extra bank holiday in April 2011.

Meanwhile, in the city centre, the Coppergate centre is decked out in patriotic Union Flag umbrellas to mark the royal occasion.

Telford Terrace, off Albemarle Road, is one of the streets to be staging a celebration this Saturday and resident Kay Dower said she and her neighbours liked the excuse to get together for a barbecue and a celebration together.

“We did the same in 2013 for the Jubilee, and in 2011 for William and Kate,” she added.

Only two other streets in York - Galtres Avenue off Stockton Lane and Greencliffe Drive near Clifton Green - have official road closure for the royal wedding.

Lord Mayor of York Cllr Barbara Boyce said she had not heard about many community parties at the weekend, but said people may be celebrating according to “their own personal preferences” - although she has been invited to a different event at a York gallery and will be attending “with great pleasure".

“If people are celebrating in their communities I hope they have a great time together,” Cllr Boyce added.

The Archbishop of York is midway through a 10 day long prayer event called “Thy Kingdom Come” with a series of events all over the city, but plans for the weekend will take on the royal wedding theme.

On Saturday, Clifton and St Luke’s churches are hosting a 'Community Celebration at Vale of York Academy', with a big screen showing the wedding, bouncy castles, BBQ, climbing wall, face painting, live music, bake-off competition, five-a-side competition and stalls.

The Archbishop will visit another community celebration at Heworth Vicarage in Melrosegate at 1.30pm - where a “Match of the Day” party combines royal wedding and FA Cup celebrations.

St Barnabas Church, Jubilee Terrace, is also hosting a spring event in celebration of the wedding with entertainment, stalls, plant sales, food and drink, and the royal event will be on a big screen.

Dr Sentamu will be interviewed by Rev Matt Woodcock before he gives a talk about the Christian faith.