The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will take place from June 2-5. With so many street parties planned for the celebrations, British supermarkets are hoping for a bumper spend over the holiday.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will bring out the party spirit this week. With street parties taking place right across Britain over the four days of celebrations, communities are preparing by stocking up on bunting, sourcing tables and making lists of what food and drink to purchase in their local supermarkets for their street party.
The original street parties were held in times of austerity; the food was simple and consisted of what was available. For the Queen’s coronation in 1953, households were given an extra pound of sugar and 4 oz of margarine for the celebrations!
Modern-day street parties celebrate the traditional British food and drink as well as the presence of a barbecue in many cases. While some are planning to have the old-style offering of SPAM chopped pork and ham – along with the aptly-named Coronation Chicken – on the menu this weekend, leading supermarkets are all running competitively priced deals on more modern food offerings ahead of the street gatherings of friends, neighbours and workmates.
Approximately £823 million is expected to be spent in British supermarkets over the weekend. The leading grocery chains are reporting record sales ahead of the celebrations.